TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST (TEC)
TEC? What's that?
TEC stands for TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST. Heart of Missouri TEC is for Christian teens and adults who want to spend three days away from the pressures of the world, building their relationships with God and other Christians
Why be free from pressure?
Leaving the world behind us temporarily allows us to focus on our relationships - with God and with each other in a new and refreshing environment. Jesus made it a regular part of His life to spend time away from the crowds, and this helps us put our life and faith in perspective, especially teenagers and young adults.
The setting is fresh, led by a community of Lutheran clergy and laypersons who have already attended a TEC weekend. These people are willing to share themselves and their experiences in talks, worship, prayer, fellowship, recreation, and music.
How will I spend my time on the weekend?
Throughout the weekend, participants hear personal witness by youth and adults based on the three-day theme of "Die Day", "Rise Day", and "Go Day", the death and resurrection of Christ, and Pentecost. Personal witness is followed by small-group discussion and sharing.
There is also time for special services recognizing our need for a Savior and what He has done for us as well as special services of renewal. Music and a quiet atmosphere, away from the "busyness" of life and schedules, add to the personal witness and talks.
Of course, there are always the fun times, times when the unexpected happens, times when participants can relax and enjoy the fellowship of the weekend. You will build new relationships and discover the power to renew old ones through God's Word and the experiences that surround it. Most of all, you will learn about yourself and your relationship with Jesus Christ and how that can impact the rest of your life.
What do others say about TEC?
Three days out of the year - that's all the time a TEC weekend takes. But those three days represent nothing close to the norm. The first day is "die day", second day is "rise day", and the third day is "go day". These three days are unique to each person. The program is just a tool - what you get from the weekend you must use in your life after returning home. I learned even more than I thought I did. From die day, I learned to truly admit and confess my sins ... my old self die, and with the help of God put on a new self. After getting little sleep, I still felt refreshed the next day. I felt like a newborn baby with none of my sins on my back. The only knowledge I knew was that God loved me no matter what. Go day was hard for me. I was so happy because I had grown even closer to God, had so many new friends with one thing in common - our love for Christ. The weekend results are unique to each person. I truly hope that everyone got one common thing out of the TEC experience - a stronger and closer relationship with God!
The Teens Encounter Christ weekend was a wonderful experience for me. I grew so much closer to God. I met very special friends. The content of the weekend gave me an opportunity to take a look at myself and know God loves and accepts me for who I am. I know He will always forgive me no matter how big or how small my sins are. God is always there when I need HIM. It became evident that my love for Christ became stronger. Our God is an awesome God! What I learned from the weekend will never be forgotten.
Heart of Missouri TEC