New Jersey Youth Department Launches Instagram Church
Story by New Jersey Conference Staff
In 2019, God began putting the pieces together to begin a new ministry in the New Jersey Conference to target older teens and young adults.
“The Hub NJ” began with the idea of providing a new worship experience. The first event, launched in January 2020 by the conference’s Youth Department, took place in the middle of a snowstorm where about 200 young people came together to experience a fresh and contemporary way of worshipping.
While planning for the third event, the pandemic hit. Unfortunately, this put the experience on hold.
Not knowing what to do next, ministry leaders Hugo Flores and Anthony Baffi launched The Hub NJ on Instagram—a social media platform whose demographics are millennials and Gen Z, people who are sometimes left in the shadows of the local church. In mid-April 2020, The Hub NJ streamed its first church service on Instagram Live with worship, testimony time, music and a sermon, all in under an hour.
The Hub NJ has not missed a Sabbath since its inception, as people from across the United States and even overseas watch or participate in the live services.
“This demonstrates that we do not need a building to plant a church or to begin a ministry. All we need are willing hearts,” says Flores.
To be a part of this growing family, follow The Hub NJ on Instagram @thehubnj.