The dream of a student conference that would impact the lives of junior high and high school students across the Baptist Missionary Association of America was birthed in the heart of Bobby Tucker in the late 1980’s. Bobby could see the potential of gathering students in one place for three days of worship, Bible study, and fellowship. He shared his dream with a student pastor friend, Donny Parrish, and together they launched the first SOAR Conference for students. The acronym SOAR stands for Sold Out And Radical.
From its inception in 1991, Tucker and Parrish used SOAR to zero in on the needs of students. They used music, drama, video and other creative arts to relate to a changing student culture, while centering the conference on the Word of God. The results have been amazing.
Although the leadership has changed over the years, God has continued to bless. Thousands of students have attended SOAR through the years and hundreds have given their lives to Christ in salvation. Many more have made life choices to follow Christ in full-time ministry. Others have made commitments to honor Jesus with their lives.
SOAR is now a three-day celebration that continues to draw thousands of students and adults each year. The conference has birthed a SOAR discipleship resource called SOAR:lit. To continue the teaching received at SOAR, these year-long, small group and Sunday school studies focus on and emphasize SOAR’s theme. God is continuing to use SOAR as a platform to communicate the gospel to students as both a conference and now as a discipleship tool!
This year’s event will take place July 5-7, 2017, at the Gaylord Texan Resort, and will focus on the theme “Selfless: Love God, Love Others.” Speaker Dustin Wisely will challenge students to imitate Christ by living a life of service and ministry to others. SOAR village will once again present students with opportunities for ministry.
We the Union will lead SOAR in singing praises to the Lord. Check out their album on iTunes. Students will enjoy a special concert by artist Jordan Feliz, including his songs, The River, Best of Me, and Never Too Far Gone. Check out Jordan at jordanfeliz.com.
For more information or to register for SOAR 2017, check out gosoar.com.