MOUNT VERNON — A weekend of friendly competition and worship kicked off Thursday afternoon at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The annual Building Leaders and Sharing Talents weekend brings young Nazarenes together from Ohio, West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky for worship and fun.
The faith-based initiative, according to event coordinator Rob Stanley, sees competition in all manners of activities, from performance arts, like music, mime and choreographed dance to athletic competitions like basketball and volleyball.
“The competition is important, but it’s not the main element,” Stanley said. “The main part is for them to use their gifts and abilities for God and see that they are not theirs, but they are his to be used.”
Students from seventh through 12th-grades are able to attend the weekend, Stanley noted, with an estimated 1,200-1,300 students attending this year’s event.