About APBY and Its Conference

The history of Asia Pacific Baptist Youth dates back to 1953 when the Baptist Youth around the world met for the 4th Baptist World Youth Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the first initiations for the formation of ABYF (Asia Baptist Youth Federation) came from Akiko Endo whose vision led to a meeting on October 10, 1954 in Sri Lanka. Willie Wikramasinghe invited Joel Sorenson, the Youth Secretary of the Baptist World Youth, and they visited India, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar.

Following the visit of Joel Sorenson, and correspondence amongst the leaders in Asia resulted in the first meeting of ABYF on August 20, 1956. At the first ABYC held in Hong Kong, delegates from Hong Kong, Japan, Okinawa, India, Sri Lanka, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Myanmar, and Thailand answered the roll call parade of nations.

In 2007, at the 7th Congress of the Asian Baptist Federation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the nomenclature of Asian Baptist Youth Fellowship was changed to Asia Pacific Baptist Youth.

APBY continues to serve young people through out the Asia Pacific by providing trainings, initiating network, and support young people in many ways, including the conference which is held regularly every 5 years. The APBY “Be” Conference 2024 will be 18th Conference held from the time APBY was established.

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APBY Purpose Statement

MISSION

APBY seeks to build a network among Baptists Youth Leaders in the Asia Pacific Area.

VISION

APBY seeks to engage, build a comprehensive network among the APBY member bodies, to help, support and train young people to become future leaders.

WHO WE REPRESENT

Young people and youth leaders from over 40,000 local churches, 65 Conventions in 22 Countries across the Asia Pacific.

AIMS

To promote fellowship, cooperation and service among Baptist Youth and their Leaders.

To provide training to existing Baptist Youth Leaders.

To assist in consultation and planning for various ministry programs.

To be aware of and respond to the changing needs of the youth in our region.

To hold a Youth Conference that celebrates Gods work among the Baptist Youth of the Asia Pacific Region.

Theme Explanation

theme

APBYC is a regular conference that is held every 5 years and has been held 17 times in several places in Asia. APBYC has reached more than 800 young Asia Pacific Baptists in each of its activities with the vision of making faithful young people who bring the light of Christ and an impact to their local church and community.

The theme for this 18th conference is based on Colossians 3:16

"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."
Colossians 3:16 NIV

The four components of the live of believers in this verse become our theme, which are:

  1. Be Saved - Have a true faith in Christ and willing to be sent as the salt & light to the world
  2. Be Authentic - Have an authentic faith as followers of Christ
  3. Be Passionate - Have a commitment to serve God with God's-given Gifts and Talents
  4. Be Connected - Have a broad network with other believers to grow and serve together

Event Purpose and Target

The goal of this conference is to provide an environment where young people will :

  • Experience God in a personal and communal way.

  • Connect with other Baptist youths in the Asia Pacific Region and worldwide.

  • Hear the Gospel, know Christ, have authentic faith, and have the biblical-based identity as believers.

  • Increase their awareness on the Baptist church and Baptist values.

  • Develop their abilities and interest in certain fields to serve God and reach out to their communities through conference sessions and workshops.

We invite 800 young people and youth leaders age 15-35 to join this conference, network, and strengthen one another in Christ.

Event Programs and Rundown

PROGRAMS

  • Keynote Session
  • Family Group
  • Youth Stage
  • Workshop Session
  • Off-Limits Discussions
  • Recreational Activites

Chance for Fellowship & Long term Relationship

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Morning Registration Worship & Keynote Session Worship & Keynote Session Worship & Keynote Session
Family Group
Workshop A Workshop B Commissioning
Afternoon Off-Limits A Off-Limits B
Recreational Activities Plenary Session
Evening Keynote Session Keynote Session Keynote Session
Family Group Family Group Youth Stage

Venue and Registration

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PAYMENT

FULL BANK NAME : WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION ("WESTPAC")
SWIFT / BIC CODE : WPACAU2S
FULL ADDRESS : SUIT 403, LEVEL 4
32 DELHI ROAD
MACQUARIE PARK
NSW 2113, AUSTRALIA
BSB NUMBER : 036078
ACCOUNT NUMER : 781307
BENEFICIARY : ASIA PACIFIC BAPTIST FEDERATION

FOR INDIAN PARTICIPANTS ONLY

ACCOUNT NUMER : 420362779
BRANCH : GUWAHATI
ACCOUNT NAME : COUNCIL OF BAPTIST CHURCHES IN NORTH EAST INDIA
ACCOUNT TYPE : SAVING ACCOUNT
ADDRESS : S.S ROAD LAKHTOKIA GUWAHATI, KAMRUP DIST. ASSAM., 781 001
BANK NAME : INDIAN BANK
BRANCH CODE : 00G006
IFS CODE : IDIB000L518
MICR CODE : 781019002

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Registration fee payment can be paid right after the registration process is finished. Please follow the instruction in the registration form.

  • To ease the re-registration process, we encourage you to pay the registration fee before the conference start.

  • Please check with your local bank policy regarding the transfer fee.

  • In order to save transfer fee, we suggest you to proceed the payment process in group payment

    • Bulk registration (20-25 people) please use online transfer to Westpac (Australian Account) or to Indian Bank.
    • Small group registration (5-10 people) please use WISE or WESTERN UNION.

We are working on online payment gateway to provide delegates to pay registration through Credit Cards. Please look out for more details!

Keynote Speaker

karen-wilson

Karen Wilson

"Be Connected""Be Influential"
ronnie-chiu

Ronnie Chiu

"Be Passionate"
danushka-p

Danushka P.

"Be Authentic"
steve-dixon

Steve Dixon

"Be Saved"
kethoser-k

Kethoser K.

"Sent Out to be Salt and Light"

Workshop and Off-Limits

WORKSHOP

BE AUTHENTIC

  1. Faith in the Marketplace : Impacting Your Workspace
  2. Authentic Faith
  3. Discerning God's Calling

BE PASSIONATE

  1. Expressive Worship with Reluctant People
  2. Gospel Perspective in Fashion and Consumerism
  3. Why Internet Matters : Navigating Wisely

BE CONNECTED

  1. Mental Health : Depression and Suicidal Tendencies Among Youths
  2. AI and Role of Faith in the Next Generation
  3. Navigating Intercultural and Interfaith Connections

BE SAVED

  1. Living A Transformed Life - The Impact of Salvation
  2. Why We Believe What We Believe
  3. Contextual Mission

OFF-LIMITS

1

Biblical View of Beauty and Women Sexuality (Ladies only)

Our sexuality can be a beautiful and mysterious expression of what it means to be human. But it can also become distorted and sinful. Find the biblical perspective of beauty and sexuality and how to respond to today's issues.

2

Cheap Labor Industries in Asia

Some countries in Asia and Africa has the highest cheap labor factories and youths are the target of exploitation. How Christians respond and take actions of this matter? Let's discuss together in this off-limits session.

3

Creation Stewardship

"Creation Stewardship" refers to the responsible and ethical management of natural resources and environment, emphasizing sustainability and the well-being of present and future generation.

4

Engaging the Next Generation

Young people need collaboration. This session will conduct a comprehensive assessment and propose strategic initiatives to actively involve and empower the upcoming generation in relevant decision-making processes and collaborative endeavors.

5

Faith Response to Fake News & Conspiracy Theories

We have heard many fake news and conspiracy theories. But as Christians, how do we respond to those news? What are the most common fake news and conspiracy theories Christians usually believe? Find out here.

6

Faith Tough Questions

There are tons of questions about Christianity that non-believers and even Christians have in their mind. Dig deeper the answer of your questions together in this session.

7

Fashion Modeling Industry : What You Should Know

Cosmetics and clothing lines play an essential role in the fashion industry. But what are the effects of those industry to our body and environment? Get to know more in this session.

8

Impact of Fashion Trends among Teens

Fashion trends such as cosplay, hair coloring and certain beauty standard surround the lives of young people. Shall we follow all of them to be accepted by the society? Let's discuss together in this session.

9

Is Tattoo Good or Bad?

In Leviticus 19:28, God said, "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord." But people can use tattoo to open the way to share the Gospel. Is Tattoo good or bad? Let's discuss the biblical view of tattoo in this session.

10

K-Pop Culture & Show Biz Craze

K-Pop and global show-biz captivating audiences worldwide with its irresistible music, mesmerizing choreography, and beautiful visuals. As Christians who bring salt and light, how do we respond to this trends? Can we use those trends to direct people to God? Find out the answer here.

11

LGBTQ+ : The Faith Conflict & Response

Nowadays, the LGBTQIA+ communities are very open about their identity. What is the biblical view of LGBT? How we, as Christians become in influence and the salt and light to them?

12

Phones and Youths, Hopes and Fears

With communication gadgets, we can get almost all information worldwide. The use of communication gadgets can bring hopes, but also fears and addiction. Should phone and other gadgets be banned for teens? How do we deal with phone addiction?

13

Plastic Pollution and It's Consequences

Genesis 1:26 says that God made us to rule over the earth and all the creatures in it. As followers of Christ, we should be good stewards of our God-given home because loving our environment is a way to love our neighbor. But with plastic, air, water, and soil pollution, human and it's creatures suffer. How Christians should response and what practical way can we do? Discuss together in this session.

14

Politics, Good Governance and Youths

Youth involvement in politics and their duty in establishing a good governance is essential in regeneration and nations' development. But at the same time, the adverse effect can happen if we show bad manner. Let's discuss about the good and trait of our involvement in politics in this session.

15

School Bullying : The Consequences and Prevention

Bullying is a serious matters all around the world. Some acts are considered bully and impact other peoples' life. How Christian react and how can we prevent bully in our society?

16

Substance Misuse and the Gospel Ministry (Laos Context)

Substance misuse are happening around the world and it is destroying young people. Thankfully, God send many people in Laos to minister young people who battle with this issue. What can we learn from them? What things can be applied in our context? Find out more.

17

Teens vs Social Media and Game Addiction : What's the Impact?

The use of social media and game can bring many benefits for young people to get information and to build broader social circle. But undeniably, internet violence such as cyber bullying and subliminal message can give bad impacts for young people. Have you experienced it? How do we handle it? Let's discuss here.

18

TikTok and Instagram Tussles

TikTok and Instagram can be used to share our experience and support for others. But by looking at the posts in TikTok and Instagram, young people can experience mental issues and privacy issues. Can we handle the situation? Beside of "sharing our life", how do we use TikTok and Instagram to share the Gospel and minister others? Share your experience here!

19

Urban Sports : Faith and MMA

Christianity and MMA isn't something you'd typically expect to hear in the same sentence. So the question is, can a Christian partake in MMA or a sport similiar to it? Even more, can we use it to direct people to Christ? Let's talk to professional MMA fighter who uses the sport for ministry!

20

Worship Music Industry Rants

Nowadays, there are many bands and Christian music industry with beautiful songs. But many worship lables owned by secular companies that turns worship & praise into secular profit. Has worship music really become an industry to make profit?

21

Youth Advocacy and Activism

1 Timothy 4:12 says, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." Your biblical character and voices are important! Let's learn together on how to make young people's voice heard as Christian leaders, youth advocacy, and leadership in public space.

22

Youth Identity in Diaspora Community

Due to some reasons, many people are scattered or are forcely moved to other areas where they become minority and experience ethnic unrest which bring to identity confusement. Do we need to surrender with that situation? Can we use our situation to support inter-regional cooperation and promote social cohesion? Share your thoughts in this session!

Workshop and Off-Limits Speaker

ahn-dong-chan

Ang Dong Chan

South Korea

"School Bullying : The Consequences & Prevention"

ai-nohara-tetseo

Ai Nohara Tetseo

Japan

"Impact of Fashion Trends Among Teens"

ardi-wiriadinata

Ardi Wiriadinata

Indonesia

"Contextual Mission"

bijoy-a-sangma

Bijoy A. Sangma

India

"AI and Role of Faith in the Next Gen"
"Youth Advocacy and Activism"

dethsacda-a

Dethsacda A.

Laos

"Substance Misuse and the Gospel Ministry (Laos Context)"

doni-wijaya

Doni Wijaya

Indonesia

"Plastic Solution"

erwin-cabalang

Erwin Cabalang

Philippines

"Teens, Social Media & Game Addiction: What's the Impact?"

esther-sailo

Esther Sailo

India

"Gospel Persepective in Fashion and Consumerism"

ireina-ruth

Ireina Ruth

Indonesia

"Tiktok and Instagram Tussles"

jacob-khiangte

Jacob Khiangte

India

"Youth Identity in Diaspora Community"

jeff-carter

Jeff Carter

Canada

"Why Internet Matters: Navigating Wisely"

jeff-tomas

Jeff Tomas

Philippines

"Faith in the Marketplace: Impacting Your Workspace"

kethoser-k

Kethoser K.

India

"Why We Believe What We Believe"
"Faith Tough Questions"

kwame-adzam

Kwame Adzam

United Kingdom

"Faith Response to Fake News & Conspiracy Theories"

lakna-p

Lakna P

Sri Lanka

"Politics, Good Governance and Youth"

loliro-kuotsu

Loliro Kuotsu

India / Singapore

"Biblical View of Beauty and Women Sexuality (Ladies only)"

maker-kashung

Maker Kashung

India

"Expressive Worship with Reluctant People"

mamiya-m

Mamiya M

Japan

"Urban Sports: Faith and MMA"

kwak-yeong-dong

Kwak Yeong Dong

South Korea / Japan

"K-Pop Culture - Show Biz Craze"

mark-wilson

Mark Wilson

Australia

"Authentic Faith"

philip

Philip

Malaysia

"LGBTQ+: The Faith Conflict & Response"

roshan-mendis

Roshan Mendis

Sri Lanka

"Discerning God's Calling"
"Creation Stewardship"

shereen-daniel

Shereen Daniel

Sri Lanka

"Engaging the Next Generation"

shirley-porto

Shirley Porto

United States

"Phones and Youths, Hopes and Fears"

steve-dixon

Steve Dixon

Australia

"Living a Transformed Life - The Impact of Salvation"

tracy-daniels

Tracy Daniels

United States

"Mental Health: Depression and Suicidal Tendencies Among Youths"
"Is Tattoo Good or Bad?"

vesekhoyi-vee-tetseo

Vesekhoyi "Vee" Tetseo

Japan

"Worship Music Industry Rants"

victor-rembeth

Victor Rembeth

Indonesia

"Navigating Intercultural and Interfaith Connections"

wapangrenba

Wapangrenba

India / Thailand

"Cheap Labour Industries & Market in Asia"

zirsangpuii

Zirsangpuii

India

"Fashion Modeling Industry: What You Should Know"

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