The International Youth Convention of the Church of God, better known as IYC, was launched in the early 1920s. In 1924, youth ministry in the Church of God became organized on a movement-wide basis with the launch of a youth day during the annual Anderson Camp Meeting. 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 mission. Over the last decade alone, thousands of youth have pledged to remain sexually pure.
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 this 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.
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 “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.
Eighth-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
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, 2017. Cancellations made after this date will NOT be refunded. You may, however, add a person to your group and transfer a cancelled registration to that person if done IN WRITING by May 12, 2016.
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.
A big announcement of some major change is coming in May. Stay tuned.
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!
|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)