what is motion
MOTION is a local church student conference that is founded on the belief that our faith is not meant to be idle, hidden, or contained but instead lived out in MOTION in Christ!
In 2009, God laid a vision on the heart of our local church student ministry team to bring youth groups and their leaders together from all over the southeast for one weekend. The vision for the weekend was simply this: worship, prayer, and focused teaching on one thing- this generation putting their faith into MOTION. Based on the truth of Ephesians 2:10, it is our desire to see students' lives transformed by the presence of God and doing the good works He planned for them long ago.
MOTION is more than a conference. It’s more than bands and speakers. MOTION is about a generation empowered by Jesus, equipped to make a difference, and living out their faith every day!
Now in its fourteenth year, MOTION 2022 will be unlike any we have seen before. We are excited for the opportunity to gather students and their leaders from around the country back in the Arena in-person together in Birmingham, Alabama.
We see a world full of opportunity, created with purpose, redeemed by the love of Jesus, living in MOTION, and will start at MOTION 22! It is our prayer that students and youth leaders leave the conference refreshed, equipped, and inspired to live their lives in MOTION at home, in the local church, in their cities, and around the world.
Everyone, everywhere - come join us back in the Arena at MOTION 22!
For a better idea of what takes place in a session, check out our archives to listen to previous years’ sessions.
Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
2100 North Arrington Blvd. North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Over these three days, students will experience engaging content, powerful worship, and community, while learning how to put their faith into MOTION. Everyone will attend Main Sessions live in the Arena and then rotate to Exhibition Halls for Community Group times.
MOTION is a local church student conference that is founded on the belief that our faith is not meant to be idle, hidden, or contained but instead lived out in MOTION in Christ! We want to see this generation empowered by Jesus, equipped to make a difference, and living out their faith every day! In 2009, God laid a vision on the heart of our student ministry team to bring local church youth groups together from all over the southeast for one weekend. The vision for the weekend would simply be this: worship, prayer, and focused teaching on one thing- this generation putting their faith into MOTION. MOTION is now in its thirteenth year as a conference and God is doing amazing things! It is our prayer that students and youth leaders leave the conference refreshed, equipped, and inspired to live their lives in MOTION at home, in the local church, in their cities, and around the world.
MOTION is designed for middle school (6th-8th grade), high school (9th-12th grade), and college-age (18-22) students. Although we allow incoming sixth graders, we ask you to determine whether or not the individual student can handle the length of sessions and intensity of the conference. Adult student ministry leaders are encouraged to attend with the students they lead. We also allow groups of Youth Leaders to register without bringing their students if they’d like to attend with a leadership/team-building focus.
If you are in student ministry or you are the leader of a group of students attending the conference, you may purchase a ticket to attend MOTION. If not, thank you for understanding that this is a student conference and there are no additional seats available for general admission adults.
Although early registration and check-in will tentatively begin on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 12:00 p.m., the first session of the conference will not take place until the evening. We open registration and check-in early to help accommodate those that are traveling from out-of-town. The conference will conclude on Saturday, July 30.
No. All conference events will be held on site at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama.
Please complete the contact form on the contact page and we would be happy to help you with your request.
No. While families are extremely important to us, there will not be childcare available during the conference and we are unable to accommodate children. Please make outside arrangements for childcare if you plan to attend MOTION. We greatly appreciate not asking for any exceptions.
There are a variety of service times and locations for Church of the Highlands on Sunday. Please click here for all the details.
Yes – you can, but it must not exceed the dimensions of 14″ x 14″ x 6″ and must be clear.
Guests will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container on-site:
– Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 12″ x 6″.
– One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
Thank you for your understanding as we follow the safety guidelines.
No. The hotels we have listed on the website are hotels where we have negotiated discounted rates. We have also confirmed that these hotels are safe and acceptable for occupancy.
meals will be delivered directly to community groups.
Each boxed meal includes an entrée, side, dessert, and water, and the price of these meals is included with your registration fee. Past vendors include: Chick-fil-A, Newk’s Eatery, and Jim N’ Nicks.
We will provide gluten friendly meals but are unable to accommodate any other food allergies or special requests in meal orders.
Additionally, there will be a variety of food options available for additional purchase at concession stands throughout the BJCC property if you desire additional meals or snacks. Prices vary.
If you missed the opportunity to pre-purchase your boxed meal, boxed meals will be available for purchase on-site for Lunch and Dinner on Friday, July 29 and Lunch on Saturday, July 30.
Information regarding a possible livestream/online opportunity will be available on our website in the weeks leading up to the gathering if we are able to offer one this year.