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 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 $850,000 worth of total volunteer service hours. 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.
Planning begins four to five years in advance. The IYC leaders 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 key staff members make numerous trips during the two-year period between conventions to make sure that things are in order for you to have a great experience. 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 day before the event; and, our on-site staff and team of prayer intercessors are praying for IYC participants.
As IYC2020 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.
Can I bring my child to the convention?
All individuals attending IYC2020 must be registered in order to participate. This is a junior and senior high school event; therefore, we discourage you from bringing younger children. If it is absolutely necessary to bring a younger child to the convention, the child must be registered, regardless of age. Anyone five years old or older must pay the full registration fee.
Do I bring the kids in my group who are not very committed to the Lord?
Absolutely! Bring the whole group, regardless of spiritual commitment. You will find that this experience is all about life change, whether it is a memory made, a small change to become more like Christ, a major decision to accept Jesus as Savior or pursue ministry, or something you haven’t even yet dreamed of! God works in mighty ways and in small ways through IYC.
I am a student, but don’t have a youth leader or my group isn’t coming. Can I still come?
For your safety, we do not allow unchaperoned students and insist that you must be a part of a youth group to come to IYC. You might want to check with other Churches of God in your area to see if you can connect with one of their youth groups. We have found that groups are usually very willing to accept others as long as you follow their guidelines, meet their deadlines for payments, and attend meetings as part of their group in preparation for IYC.
I am an adult who is not bringing students, but I just want to experience the convention. Can I still come?
For the safety of our students and the intent of the convention, our policy is that adults must be coming as a leader of students in order to come to IYC. (Exceptions would be special invited guests, speakers, exhibitors, etc.) The Church of God offers adult conferences that you can be a part of in the future. We encourage you to check them out at jesusisthesubject.org.
The 52ndInternational Youth Convention of the Church of God to be held in Orlando, Florida.
IYC is a four-day biennial gathering of junior and senior high school students and their adult leaders.
The convention will be held July 3-6, 2020.
How are the dates for IYC decided?
Rates of hotels and city availability play into what dates we choose. Often, we find the week of July 4 offers some of the best hotel rates, which is why we have had IYC over the holiday in recent years. In addition to this, the holiday allows some adult leaders to participate in IYC while using less vacation days to cover their time away from work. Also, many school systems declare a “moratorium” during this week of July, which means student athletes are more likely to be able to participate in IYC without missing events or practices.
IYC is an opportunity for life change.
You will find that this experience is unique for each participant. God does some amazing things at IYC and brings about life change in both great and small ways. It may be a challenge to change, growth in relationships in a youth group, a first step toward salvation, or a calling to vocational ministry. How will God work in your life and in the lives of your students? Here are some stories from people who experienced life change at a previous IYC.
The theme for IYC2020 is 20/20.
Playing off the idea of 20/20 vision and the year 2020, we will focus our theme scripture of I Corinthians 13:12-13. Our four sub-themes are as follows:
- Clarity in LOVE
- Clarity in LIFE
- Clarity in FAITH
- Clarity in HOPE
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:12-13 (NLT)
All attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation to IYC. For those flying into Orlando, we recommend the Orlando International Airport (MCO), 1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd., Orlando, FL The airport is about 20-25 minutes from the World Center Marriott. Shuttles will cost $20+ per person, one way. Taxis cost $40+ one way. For your group, you might want to consider thinking outside the box – looking at a limo service or private van service.
For groups without transportation wishing to spend a day at Disney Springs, consider the World Center Marriott’s shuttle service. The cost is $21 per person round-trip and may be scheduled through concierge. Taxi and Uber are other options for those wanting to get around the Orlando area.
NEW for IYC2020: ALL WAIVERS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY. WAIVERS ARE ONLY REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS WHO WILL BE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 AT THE BEGINNING OF IYC – JULY 3, 2020.
Give this link to students/parents. There is a place at the bottom of the waiver where parents may enter an email address to receive a copy of the signed waiver. Group leaders may want to consider giving parents their own email address to use, so that leaders can receive and track waivers as they are submitted. We recommend texting this to parents during an IYC informational meeting, so they can sign and submit on the spot, using their smart phones. Laptops, iPads, tablets, etc. may also be used. At least one parent must sign for each minor child attending IYC2020. Click here for Form
Is there a dress code for IYC?
Yes, we have modesty suggestions for IYC. We ask all students to avoid displaying gang signs, drug symbols, profanity, or alcohol-related images or slogans on clothing. In addition, we ask females and males to avoid the following:
- Females are asked to avoid:
- Shorts that are shorter than your fingertips when holding your arms at your side
- Shirts that show back, belly, or cleavage
- Spaghetti-strap tank tops – Straps should be at least two-fingers wide and cover bra straps
- Two-piece swimsuits – Bring only modest one-piece swimsuits, or wear a t-shirt over a two-piece suit
- Males are asked to avoid:
- Sagging pants that show your underwear
While there are several restaurants and a pantry at the World Center Marriott, prices are quite high and there are no restaurants in walking distance. Here are some tips for you and also info about some special offers during IYC:
- Breakfast—Consider bringing easy breakfast items with you, such as granola bars, dry cereal, instant oatmeal, etc. and/or plan a trip to a local grocery store to buy these items and keep them in your room during the convention. There is a mini-fridge in every hotel room for cold items. Don’t have transportation? Consider doing an online order for your group with a grocery store, schedule a designated pick-up time, then take a taxi or Uber to pick up all your food at once. We’re sure your students would be happy to meet you in the lobby to unload all the goodies!
- Lunch—We have contracted with local Chick-fil-A and Jimmy John’s locations to offer $10 boxed lunches on the two busiest days of IYC. THESE MEALS MUST BE PRE-ORDERED ONLINE THROUGH IYC REGISTRATION. On Saturday, July 4 we will have Chick-fil-A on site, and a boxed lunch includes a chicken sandwich, cookie, chips, and bottled water (sorry, no gluten-free or vegetarian options available). On Sunday, July 5, we are offering a choice of a turkey, ham, or veggie sandwich, cookie, chips, and bottled water (no gluten-free options available). Deadline to order lunches is May 11 and must be done through the IYC registration site.
- Other meals—We’re working with the restaurants on site for special discounts for IYC attendees. We hope to have more information about that in the spring of 2020. FYI, there is a “pantry” on site where you can buy basic food items and some hot and cold meals to go, but prices are most likely higher than what most groups are accustomed to paying.
Outside the hotel—there are a LOT of options for those with transportation. For those who do not, consider delivery and options such as Uber Eats that will bring meals to you.
Is there a mission experience before or after IYC that I can be involved with?
Yes, for the first time ever, A.One.8 will be offered as a post-IYC experience for individual students with a passion for missions! For more information, click here: https://www.jesusisthesubject.org/a-one-8/
We are not offering a group missions experience in conjunction with IYC2020, but we strongly encourage you to partner with Lead222 to find great opportunities for your students. Go to lead222.com for more information.
What is Impact Orlando?
Impact Orlando is a one afternoon event where each group can serve the IYC host city for a few hours. In late 2019, the IYC website will feature information about different organizations where you may serve.
Applications for the IYC Worship Band are being accepted through September 20, 2019. This band will be chosen from Church of God youth ministries all over North America, and will help lead worship at the International Youth Convention in Orlando, Florida during the summer of 2020. For more information and to fill out an application, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/iycband
How do I nominate a student for the Student Leadership Team?
We will be accepting nominations of top students until March 22, 2020. Usually, 10 top leadership students are chosen. Pastors and youth leaders may nominate students for the 2022 SLT by filling out this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLT2022
Once again, we are having a 5K at IYC2020! Proceeds from our second 5K4Freedom will go to Trafficklight, to raise funds to fight human trafficking.
The cost is $22. Register here: https://chogministries.regfox.com/5k4freedom-2020
This will be a fun run, so there will not be timing chips. However, feel free to challenge your friends to try to beat your time!
There will be a photo op at the end, and a medal for each registered participant who finishes the race.
Registration deadline is May 11, 2020, but the event will close sooner if we reach our maximum number of participants before then.
What type of seating will there be for the main sessions at IYC2020? We will all be in one arena at IYC2020. There will be staggered admission by geographical region, based on the color of attendee wristband.
Will there be an offering time at IYC2020? Yes, we are asking everyone to set a goal to bring $20 or more for the Spread the Word offering. STW funds are used for evangelism around the world!
What is the pre-convention prayer service? This is a focused time of prayer and worship that anyone may attend. You do not have to be checked in or wear your wristband/lanyard to get in.
What do you recommend for tipping during IYC? As you plan your trip to IYC, include tip money in your budget. A tip shows our appreciation, and we want to represent IYC by showing others the generosity that Christ has shown to us. Let’s be a blessing to the people of Orlando! Here are some general tipping guidelines:
- Restaurant and coffee shop servers: 17% minimum, 20% recommended
- Baggage handlers at airport, hotel: $1-$2 per bag
- Airport limo, van, and shuttle drivers: $1-$2 per bag
- Taxi drivers: 10%-15%, minimum of $1
- Parking valets: $2 minimum
- Room service: Check your bill to see if service fee is included. If not, tip 17%-20%.
- Tour guides: $1-$2 per person
- Hotel housekeepers: $1-$2 per person, per day
IYC 2020 Special Guests
for King & Country
Soaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation, and personal themes are the heartbeat of for King & Country. The Australian duo is comprised of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone. They have won multiple Grammy awards and sold out arenas across the country on their concert tours. Joel and Luke were at IYC2014 in Nashville, Tennessee, and are excited to be coming back to IYC2020 in Orlando!
North Point InsideOut
North Point InsideOut is a student ministry in metro Atlanta where over 3,000 high school students gather each week. It is part of North Point Ministries, which is led by Andy Stanley. InsideOut’s goal is to “lead students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by inspiring them to Love God, Lead Different, and Lead the Way.”
Jared Hall uses illusions and comedy to present the gospel of Jesus Christ in relevant, engaging ways. Traveling extensively across the nation, he performs his illusions for many conferences, festivals, outreach events, youth camps, and more. Jared’s heart and passion are to partner with churches and ministry organizations to share the message of hope and forgiveness that is found in Jesus Christ.
Zane Black is passionate about the new life and purpose that he has found with Jesus, and sharing it with teenagers across the nation. It wasn’t until after high school that Zane discovered following Jesus is the greatest adventure in life. Zane has a unique way of relating to students about the struggles they’re going through and shows them the freedom they can have in Christ.
The journey to Zealand has been a wild and adventurous one that no one anticipated. Led by Phil Joel, best known for his long-standing role as bass player and vocalist for the multi-platinum-selling band Newsboys,
and as a solo artist, the band has been faithfully traversing a road that has been as unscripted and unexpected as it has been ordained.
Regarding the band’s name, Phil explains, “My cousin Roger and I are from New Zealand but the name isn’t about a country; it’s about a state: a state of being zealous for the land God has for each one of us, starting with our relationship with him.”
Raucous, invigorating and deep, Zealand is taking the next step as authentically as it can, staying true to their sound and mission. Since signing with Word in May 2015, the band released an EP in 2016 and launched the release of their first full-length album “Liberated” in February 2018. They will be able to be heard and experienced live on the road opening for the Newsboys United Tour 2018.
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 serves as an associate campus pastor at Central Christian Church in Mesa AZ. Before that he served as the teaching pastor at North Hills Church of God in Phoenix and ministered at Pasadena Church of God in Southern California. He also makes time to coach and consult with Ministry Insights, Int’l. and travels, speaking the Word of God and emceeing at conferences.
IRON BELL MUSIC
In a barn in Louisville, Kentucky, Iron Bell Music’s primary songwriters – Stephen McWhirter, Joel Gerdis and Josh Glauber – and the rest of their team lead people during dedicated worship nights, most of all providing
safe haven of community. Held throughout the year, the songs that are birthed there are the work God is doing in and through the hearts and lives of these writers.
Authentic adoration and praise shapes every gathering led by Iron Bell Music, and this same spirit is captured in every song on their major label debut from Essential Worship. The full-length album, recorded live across a full night of worship at the barn, features original songs such as “Your Love Is A Fortress,” “My Confidence,” “Belong To You,” and their first radio single, “God That Saves.”
In addition to their worship nights, Iron Bell Music desires to pour into other worship leaders on a heart-level. “There’s not a lot of resources on a personal level for worship leaders,” Stephen observes. “There’s enough for helping them do the functional part of their job but not for helping them be good at just loving the Lord, because that’s actually the thing that is the most valuable tool they have—the overflow of intimacy with the Lord.”
Whether encouraging fellow believers or inviting radio listeners to sing along, Iron Bell Music hopes their songs facilitate moments of transformational discovery for all who encounter their music. “We want the songs to literally cause breakthrough for people in their relationship with the Lord,” Joel asserts. “Whatever God’s doing in us, we feel like it’s a very authentic expression that we can lead other people into.”
Rapper Kevin Burgess, now better known by his stage name KB, plays the trumpet. When hip hop is synonymous with devil-music in your household, the trumpet is a safer outlet for musical expression!
Fast-forward to the present, and Tampa, Florida-based artist KB has found redemption in what was once the forbidden music of his youth. After obtaining a theology degree, he dove into Christian hip hop, releasing a mixtape, a widely successful debut album, and a Dove award-winning EP (for Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year, “100”). His second studio album, Tomorrow We Live, debuted on the Billboard charts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, No. 4 on Top Rap Albums, and in the Top 20 on the iconic Billboard 200. KB’s talent in the studio is matched by his high-octane live shows. He has toured with Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, and is currently touring nationally in support of Tomorrow We Live.
For more than twenty years, David Crowder has been a leader in the worship industry. Crowder offers a unique blend of musical sounds and instruments that helps to engage his audiences in a worship experience like no other.
David Crowder was born in Texarkana, Texas, the son of an insurance salesman and a social worker. He says that he grew up listening to Elvis, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton John, and Bill Gaither.
Crowder was a student at Baylor University when his musical career began. In his storied career, Crowder has won numerous awards, including a Grammy award and multiple Dove awards. His latest album, American Prodigal, was released September 23, 2016, and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Christian albums chart. David and his wife currently reside in Atlanta.
|King room||$128 + tax*||$11/day ** (Based on 50% off the current rate of $22/day. Subject to change.)|
|2 Queen room||$135 + tax*||$11/day ** (Based on 50% off the current rate of $22/day. Subject to change.)|
We’ve secured some great rates at the Marriott World Center. Reservations open September 2019. See above prices for budget planning purposes.
· Most king rooms include a pull-out sofa bed
· Queen rooms all have two-sink vanities
· Rooms have oversized outdoor balconies
· 55” smart TV in every room
· Each room includes a mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, iron, hair dryer, and safe
· Check-in is 4PM; check-out is 11AM
*Current rate is 6.5% sales tax and 6% resort/tourist tax. Your church can apply for tax exempt status in Florida. If approved, this could remove the sales tax portion from your cost. Application info: http://floridarevenue.com/taxes/businesses/Pages/nonprofit_sales_tax.aspx
Once your group has registered for IYC2020, 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 get low rates for you and your group. To honor our contract with the Marriott World Center, we must meet our minimum guarantee. If an IYC attendee chooses to stay offsite, an additional fee of $75 per person will be charged. Thank you for your understanding.
**Please note that these parking rates are for those actually staying in the convention hotel. Parking for those not staying at the World Center Marriott is $22 every time a vehicle enters the parking garage. If a vehicle leaves for any reason, an additional $22 charge will be incurred upon re-entry.
|Thursday, July 2|
|2:00–5:00 PM||Preregistration and Check-in|
|Friday, July 3|
|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 & go, optional)|
|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|
|7:00–9:00 PM||Main Service with North Point InsideOut|
|9:30–10:15 PM||Process/debrief time with individual groups|
|10:30 PM||Late Night Venue – for King & Country|
|Saturday, July 4|
|9:15-9:45 AM||Main Leaders only session|
|10:00–10:55 AM||Student Conference Session 1|
|10:05 AM–12:10 PM||YMI|
|11:20 AM–12:15 PM||Student Conference Session 2|
|12:30–1:00 PM||Chick-Fil-A Lunch Pick-Up (pre-order only)|
|1:30–2:30 PM||Afternoon Venue – Jared Hall|
|2:45–3:10 PM||Emerging Leader Coaches’ training|
|3:15–4:40 PM||Emerging Leaders Gathering|
|7:00–8:45 PM||Main Service with North Point InsideOut and Zane Black|
|9:00 PM||Hotel Fireworks Display|
|10:00 PM||Process/Debrief Time with Individual Groups|
|Sunday, July 5|
|6:00 AM||Sign-in for those registered for 5K|
|10:30 AM–12:00 PM||Main Service with Alanna Story|
|1:00–5:00 PM||IMPACT Orlando|
|7:45-8:45 PM||Main Service: Worship and preparation for Silent Walk|
|8:45 PM||Silent Walk|
|Monday, July 6|
|10:00 AM–Noon||Closing Service with Alanna Story|
IYC2020 Registration Rates
|Rate Description||Cost per registration||Start date||End date|
|Early Bird||$140.00||September 9, 2019||January 25, 2020|
|Life Change||$155.00||January 26, 2020||March 22, 2020|
|Regular||$170.00||March 23, 2020||May 11, 2020|
|Late/At-the-door||$185.00||May 12, 2020||July 3, 2020|
Substitutions: Substitutions of one registrant for another may be done at no cost. Cancellation policy: A $50 non-refundable cancellation fee will apply for each registration canceled. Balance of amount paid (after $50 fee) will be refunded if canceled by May 11, 2020. NO REFUNDS AFTER MAY 11.
Can I send in registration money to hold spots until I am ready to register my group? No, a registration is not considered complete until the registration is entered online and payment is received. The amount due is determined by the date BOTH of these items are submitted. In other words, if you register online in time for the early bird rate, but your payment is posted after that date, you will owe the amount for the next higher registration rate. Or, if you send in a check but don’t register students, that payment will be held and applied once your group is registered, at the current rate when BOTH payment and registration are completed.
Do I need to register separately for student conference or YMI? No, the cost is included in your registration, and you just have to show up. Keep in mind that some student conferences fill up quickly, so be there early to make sure you get a seat in the conference of your choice.