The International Youth Convention of the Church of God, better known as IYC, was launched in 1924 as a youth day. In 1930, the first three-day, biennial youth convention was held. Over the seventy-two years that have followed, International Youth Conventions have been held in all regions of the United States—as well as in three Canadian provinces.

In the late 1990s, the Youth Ministry Team developed an overall purpose statement for IYC: to create a moment for life change. This purpose drives everything that happens at the convention. Because of IYC, thousands of young men and women have made life-changing decisions. Hundreds have decided to go into full-time vocational ministry or missions, and hundreds more have indicated they are serious about living as Christ-centered leaders.

Since 1992, participants have given back to each host city with an estimated $500,000 worth of volunteer service hours in total. More than 63,000 pounds of garbage was picked up in one city alone. Still, the giving goes beyond the IYC host cities. Since 1998, nearly 4,200 attendees have participated in IYC-related mission experiences in eleven countries. Over 40,000 students and leaders have attended IYC since 2002. IYC wants to make a lasting difference. Since 2006, IYC has partnered with churches in communities where the event has been held to help plant churches and serve in various ways with existing churches.

IYC also helps to nurture a giving heart and a lifetime focus on others. Collectively, students have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Spread the Word, allowing young people to purchase practical tools and resources for evangelism worldwide.

IYC welcomes all churches and leaders from any Bible-believing church group or denomination.

Have you ever wondered how IYC comes together?

Planning begins four to five years in advance. The IYC director and Church of God event planner visit the convention city to contract with the convention center and the hotels.

Several years ago, the Youth Ministry Team (YMT) and the Youth Network Team (YNT) decided on a sequence of four rotating cities (San Antonio, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Nashville, Tennessee)* with the option of a fifth wildcard city. These cities provide different types of experiences for students from all areas of the country.

Once the city is confirmed, the Student Leadership Team (SLT) meets with the YMT in the convention city around eighteen months before the upcoming convention. Together, through much prayer and discussion, they set the theme, schedule, and decide on artists and speakers. They come back together around one year prior to the convention to complete the student conference schedule and select the leaders of those conferences.

The IYC director, event planners, and other key staff members make numerous trips during the two-year period between conventions to make sure that things are in order for you to experience a moment of life change. Everything we do is driven by one question: “Does this create a moment for life change?” We never seek to do anything at IYC that doesn’t set attendees up for that powerful connection to God and his Holy Spirit.

Additionally, we believe that prayer unleashes God’s power; therefore, hundreds of prayer partners start to pray for the convention months before it starts; a prayer guide goes out to all churches in the early months of the convention year; the name of every preregistered attendee is sent to a prayer counselor to pray over before the convention; the pre-convention prayer walk service allows students and leaders to walk the convention area through guided prayer the day before the event; and, our on-site staff and team of prayer intercessors are praying for IYC participants.

As IYC2018 approaches, begin to pray with us for that moment of life change for all who attend.


Seventh-grade graduates to seniors in high school and adult leaders.


The 51st International Youth Convention of the Church of God Ministries to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana


July 2–5, 2018


Indianapolis, Indiana


To create a moment for life change.


International Youth Convention (IYC) is a four-day biennial gathering of high school students and adult leaders for a moment of life change.


Early Bird Bonus $130 per person (postmarked by January  25, 2018)
Early Bird $145 per person (postmarked by March 22, 2018)
Convention Registration $160 per person (postmarked by May 11, 2018)
At the door Registration $175 per person

Cancellations: There is a $50 cancellation fee for any cancellation made ON or BEFORE May 11, 2018. Cancellations made after this date will NOT be refunded. You may, however, add a person to your group and transfer a canceled registration to that person if done IN WRITING by May 11, 2018.

Please note that pre-payment of registrations is not an option.  In order to get the current rate, complete information for all registrants must be submitted along with the appropriate payment by the deadline listed.  Payments submitted without registrant information will be returned to the sender. 


Once your group has submitted at least one paid registration for IYC2018, a link to the housing packet will be sent to your main youth group leader in the confirmation e-mail. This will include a code which will allow rooms to be booked at our reduced rates. When you receive it, please read through your housing packet carefully and follow the provided instructions to make your reservations through the online system.

Remember: We have worked very hard to lower room costs for you and your group. In order to honor our contracts, we must meet our minimum guarantee. If an IYC attendee chooses to stay at a non-contracted hotel, an additional fee of $75/person will be added to his/her registration fee. Thank you for your understanding.

For a current list of reduced rates click here!

What's New in 2018

Seventh grade graduates are now allowed to come to IYC.

Who do I contact for more information?

IYC2018 –  Church of God Ministries, PO Box 2420, Anderson, IN 46018

800-848-2464   •  email: iyc@chog.org  •  youth@chog.org

SLT2020 nomination form

Description: Usually ten top leadership students are chosen to plan IYC. Pastors and youth leaders, nominate your top leadership student for the planning team for IYC2020 by filling out this short form https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLT2020


IYC=LIFE CHANGE. This is what IYC (International Youth Convention) is all about. As we plan each and every aspect of IYC, we ask ourselves, will this help create a moment for life change? When we think about what God has done over the last few years at IYC, we are overwhelmed!

Date Discount Cost
January 25, 2018 Early Bird Bonus $130 per person
March 22, 2018 Early Bird $145 per person
May 11, 2018 Convention Registration $160 per person
Day of Event Door $175 per person

REFUND DATE MAY 11  (there is a $50 non-refundable fee)


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IYC 2018 Speakers

Danielle Strickland

Danielle Strickland serves as an officer in the Salvation Army. She loves Jesus…and she loves people. She especially loves the more fragile in communities around the world. Over the years, this love has led her to


back alleys and streets late in the night to partner with Jesus in rescuing those caught up in drugs, homelessness, prostitution, and despair. It has also led her to the halls of government and corridors of commercial power to see laws changed and practices transformed so people aren’t trafficked and children aren’t enslaved.

The author of multiple books, including A Beautiful Mess: How God Recreates Our Lives and Boundless: Living Life in Overflow, Danielle has sought to cultivate authentic Christian community in deprived neighborhoods on the way to loving the last, the lost, and the least into God’s kingdom. Reclaimed from the clutches of the enemy, generational addiction, and violence, Danielle, alongside her husband, are bringing up three boys in the fear and friendship of the Lord.


Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez

Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. Rodriguez has spoken at a variety of locations, include the White House,


Princeton, Yale, Promise Keepers, and at the Martin Luther King, Jr. 40th Anniversary Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rodriguez is the author of several books, including Be Light:  Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope in a Darkened World, which made Number 1 on the LA Times bestseller list. He serves as senior pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California, where he resides with his wife Eva and their three children.


Nicholas Vujicic

Imagine getting through your busy day without hands or legs. Picture your life without the ability to walk, care for your basic needs, or even embrace those you love. Meet  Nicholas Vujicic. Without any medical explanation or warning, Nick was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without arms and legs.


Three sonograms failed to reveal complications. And yet, the Vujicic family was destined to cope with both the challenge and blessing of raising a son who refused to allow his physical condition to limit his lifestyle.

The early days were difficult. Throughout his childhood, Nick not only dealt with the typical challenges of school and adolescence, but he also struggled with depression and loneliness. Nick constantly wondered why he was different than all the other kids. He questioned the purpose of life, or even if he had a purpose. According to Nick, the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God. His family, friends, and the many people he has encountered along the journey have inspired him to carry on, as well.
Since age nineteen, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions, speaking to a wide range of diverse groups, such as students, teachers, young people, business professionals, and church congregations of all sizes. Today this dynamic young evangelist has accomplished more than most people achieve in a lifetime. He’s an author, musician, and actor, with hobbies that include fishing, painting, and swimming. In 2007, Nick made the long journey from Australia to southern California, where he is now the president of the international nonprofit ministry Life Without Limbs, which was established in 2005. According to Nick, “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be his hands and feet, then he will certainly use any willing heart!”


Jim Lyon

Jim Lyon grew up in Seattle, where he served as an associate and then senior pastor of the Fairview Church (1977–1991). In 1991, he moved to Anderson, Indiana (near Indianapolis), to become senior pastor of Madison Park Church of God.


After twenty-two years at Madison Park, he accepted the invitation to become general director of Church of God Ministries, providing leadership for the Church of God in the United States and Canada (and networking with the church in nearly ninety countries).

Lyon studied at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington Law School, before taking a post in Seattle with Northwest Airlines. Always fascinated by politics and the public interest, he has worked in many civic and church-related fields, including representing northwest Seattle as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives.

But, it is the Christian ministry that ultimately owned his heart. It is the conviction that Jesus is at work in the world, redeeming and transforming us, that has molded his life and vocation more than any other. Articulate pastor, teacher, and motivational speaker, he became the host of CBH ViewPoint, the English-language broadcast of Christians Broadcasting Hope, in 1996; the program is heard worldwide on air and online each week.

In 2011, Lyon released his first book, Go Ahead. Ask Anything, published by Stylos and distributed by Word. Based on a sermon series delivered at the Madison Park Church, the book addresses the top-ten questions posed in a community survey asking, “If you could ask anything at church, what would it be?” A second book, Jesus B was released by Warner Press in 2015.

Lyon and his wife, Maureen, married in 1978 and have four sons and five grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, jogging, traveling, and Haagen Dazs. He loves politics, current events, and biographies. When asked about his Achilles’ heel, he is certain to reply, “chocolate ice cream.”


Tim Ross

Tim is the senior pastor of the multi-ethnic, multigenerational Embassy City Church in Irving, Texas. He speaks both nationally and internationally, strengthening believers with the good news of Jesus Christ.


Tim began preaching at the age of twenty and has already impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. His dynamic teaching style and uncanny ability to make people understand the gospel message is the reason why he has been such an asset to ministries across cultural and denominational lines.

Tim is happily married to Juliette, his bride since May 1, 1999, and they have two sons, Nathan and Noah.


Special Guests

John Michael Hinton

John Hinton performs captivating illusions that make people doubt their senses, question their reality, and search for answers.


He fakes the supernatural to cause people to desire the Real Supernatural! In his words, “My goal is simply to be a tool that God can use to spread his incredible gospel. If my illusions earn me the right to be heard, awesome, but it’s the heart of God that I want you to truly walk away remembering.”


Jeff Whye (Emcee)

Jeff  lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his three young children and his wife Nicky, who works as a family nurse practitioner and teaches online at two universities.


Together, he and his wife minister in the areas of marriage, dating, and relationships. He has been a high school, middle school, and college pastor. Along with working for the local church, Jeff was on staff at two West Coast Christian universities and, before that, involved in the entertainment industry for seven years doing stand-up comedy, acting, voiceover work, and production.

Today Jeff is the teaching and connections pastor at North Hills Church of God, as well as an adjunct professor at Arizona Christian University. He also makes time to coach and consult with Ministry Insights, Int’l. and travels, speaking the Word of God and emceeing at conferences.

Stay tuned – more to come


Tentative Schedule—Subject to Change

Sunday, July 1, 2018 Event
2:00–5:00 pm Preregistration and Check-in
Monday, July 2, 2018 Event
10:00 am–Noon Prayer Service (optional)
Noon – 5:30 pm Registration and Check-in
2:00–4:00 pm  Super Crazy Fun Game Time (come-and-go)
4:30–5:00 pm Leader’s Prayer Time (all leaders are welcome—optional)
5:00–5:30 pm Leaders’ Meeting (A representative from your group required)
5:45–6:15 pm Designated Prayer Counselors’ Meeting
7:00–9:30 pm Main Service: On Track with Faith—Speaker: Samuel Rodriquez
9:30–10:15 pm Process/debrief time with individual groups
10:30 pm Late Night Venue—John Michael Hinton
(doors do not open until 10:15 pm)
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Event
8:15 –9:00 am Morning Training—Mind/Body/Spirit (optional)
9:15 –9:45 am Main Leaders only session
10:00–10:55 am Student Conference Session 1
10:05–12:10 pm  YMI
11:20 am–12:15 pm Student Conference Session 2
1:30–5:00 pm IMPACT Indianapolis
4:30–5:30 pm Interactive/Creative Reflection (optional)
8:00–10:00 pm Main Service: On Track with Purity—Speaker: Tim Ross
(STW Offering)
10:00 pm Process/Debrief Time with Individual Groups
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Event
8:00 am 5K for Trafficklight (Tentative)
11:00 am–12:30 pm Main Service: On Track: Joy—Speaker TBD
(STW offering)
1:45–2:15 pm  Emerging Leader Coaches’ training
2:30–3:55 pm Emerging Leaders Gathering (Optional training designed for students who
are serious about being Christ-centered leaders)
4:30 pm Venue: Artist TBA
8:00–9:00 pm Main Service: Worship and preparation for Silent Walk
Speaker—Jim Lyon
9:00 pm Silent Walk
Thursday, July 5, 2018 Event
10:00 am-noon Main Service: On Track with Focus—Speaker: Danielle Strickland
12:00 noon Launched out to be on mission!
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