REACH Conference 2024 – March 15th-17th

Our towns, schools, and even churches are full of young people being taught by society that the world is just a place to exist until the end of their days.  They are spending those days without hope or any sense of true purpose — completely unaware that ultimate hope through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is freely available!  Shouldn’t someone tell them?  We think so!

The purpose of REACH Conference is to help middle- and high-school students know who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for them.  We want students to grow deeper in their faith in Jesus Christ, beginning to grasp what this relationship we have with Jesus involves.  Lastly, we want students to own their faith enough to understand the need and the urgency of the Gospel and to be able to share it with others.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  — Acts 1:8

“One Church, Serving One God, Reaching the World for Christ.” 

How Does It Work?

REACH Conference operates a bit like a weekend retreat — except you don’t have to leave town!  Students will be assigned to a host home from Providence Baptist Church with other students of their same age and gender.  At these homes they will engage in Bible-based discussions facilitated by leaders within the church and community; have down-time goofing off with their peers; have some home-cooked meals; and perhaps even a little bit of sleep at night!  Groups then come together at Providence for large-group worship (featuring live and exciting music) and Bible study sessions.

Choosing to stay overnight in a host home is strongly encouraged but is optional, and students can still participate in the weekend even if they do not feel comfortable staying in a host home.  

2024 Conference Theme:  Upside Down Kingdom

Our world is obsessed with a lot of things: status, wealth, popularity, getting into the big-name college, getting the big scholarship, having the nicest phone, the fanciest cars, and trying to impress those around them. We are so concerned with building a “kingdom” for ourselves, and making sure we are the ones seated on the throne. But is that how Jesus instructs his followers to live and act? It that what he means when he tells us that “the kingdom of heaven is like…”? During our weekend together we will be looking at what Jesus tells us the kingdom of heaven is really like, and how it contrasts with the “kingdom” of this world. We will be diving deep into some of the lessons Jesus taught to show us that the kingdom he invites us into is completely upside down from what the world offers.


Weekend Speaker – Ian Montalto


Ian is the Cabarrus County and surrounding areas director of Youth Commission International (YCI), who coordinates the YCI clubs that meet in many of the local middle and high schools. Ian has a heart for students and equips them to live on mission and to make disciples. Ian has also served as a student pastor in Cabarrus County. Ian is married to his wife, Kaite and has two children, Luka and Stella. 


Worship Music

Check back for the Spotify playlist of songs for the weekend! 



Friday, March 15

6:00pm – Check in/Dinner
7:00pm – Large Group 1
8:45pm – Breakout Group 1
9:15pm – Dismissal to Host Homes
10:00pm – Small Group 1

Midnight – Go to Bed!

Saturday, March 16

7:30am – Breakfast (Host Home)
8:30am – Small Group 2
10:00am – Large Group 2 
11:15am – Breakout Group 2
11:45am – Lunch at Providence
12:30pm – Afternoon Activity
                  – Wells for West Africa
                     Frank Liske Park
4:00pm – Free Time with Small Group
6:00pm – Dinner at Providence
7:00pm – Large Group 3
8:45pm – Breakout Group 3
9:15pm – Dismissal to Host Homes
10:00pm – Small Group 3 

Midnight – Go to Bed!

Sunday, March 17

9:00am – Grow Groups
10:30am – Worship Service

11:30am – Dismissal 

Saturday Afternoon Activity – Wells for West Africa

At Providence, we have a member of our congregation who has a non-profit ministry that helps build wells in West Africa, where he was born. He then uses the wells as an opportunity to share the gospel as point them to the True, Living Water, Jesus Christ. On Saturday, March 16th he is hosting a community fundraiser to raise support to build a new well for those in need of fresh drinking water. After the lunch on Saturday, we will all head to Frank Liske Park to participate in a 2 mile walk carrying a buckets water, to represent the walk that so many have to do in order to have clean drinking water. Our hope is this event will open students eyes to the reality of the need for clean water around the world and serve as an example of how meeting someone’s physical needs can open the door to meet ones spiritual needs. 


What to Bring

Here is what you need to bring for REACH Conference!

  • Bible
  • Pen and Journal
  • Clothes **Will need good walking shoes for Saturday afternoon**
  • Sleeping Bag and Pillow
  • Toiletries/Washcloths/Towel
  • Notarized 2024 PBC Medical Form (see below)
  • Snacks and a 2-liter Drink to Share
  • … and an excited and positive attitude, expecting God to do great things this weekend!


Registration fees for this year’s conference have been set at $50.  At a price that low, what’s keeping you from registering online right now?! The registration deadline is Sunday, March 10th. If finances are preventing you or your student from participating in REACH 2024, please contact Evan. We do not want anyone to miss out on the weekend due to finances. 

Below you can download all of the necessary forms for the weekend. The first is a conference schedule detailing the event and locations. The second is a Medical Release Form.  We require that students participating in off-campus activities have an annual Medical Release Form filed with the Church Office.  This form provides important medical information and serves to protect both your student and the church in the unlikely event of an emergency medical situation.  If the student is under 18 years of age, this form must be notarized. A notary will be available at the conference during check-in on Friday. 

Weekend FAQs

Have some questions about the weekend? Check here to see if this helps! If not, feel free to reach out to Evan. 


Volunteer Opportunities

Parents, would you like to be a part of this weekend?  We need your help!  If you would like to volunteer to help, please sign up online.  We will need help with the following things:

  • registration Friday night
  • meal preparation and service on Friday and Saturday
  • general support flexing each session to fill in wherever needed.
  • transportation during the day Saturday
  • Nurse on campus during events

If you have any questions about volunteering, please email Evan at