Day two of Youth Quake was in full swing Saturday morning as thousands of local and visiting youth took their seats in the Hildebrand Chapel.
Awaiting their second session with Chris Tompkins, the event’s keynote speaker, the energetic audience danced, sang and cheered while “Awaken,” a local worship team from Briercrest College and Seminary, inspired them with music.
Feeding off the energy still resonating in the room from the morning worship, Tompkins took the stage and stepped right into the shoes of those he was speaking too.
Encouraging the attentive group to live a life of purpose 24-7, Tompkins worked in stories from his own life to help get his point across.
“I think particularly for this generation, they connect through narrative and stories and so often they think that the older generation just doesn’t get it. So I try to say, ‘you know what? I am human myself. I make mistakes too and I have been where you are and this stuff we are talking about isn’t always that easy, but we keep trying and we keep moving forward.”
By using stories from his past and relating them to the topic at hand, Tompkins said not only does he become relatable, but it also gives him credibility and builds a trust with his audience.