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IYC2024 Registration Rates

Rate Description Cost per registration Start date End date
Early Bird Rate $155.00 October 1, 2023 February 2, 2024
Life Change Rate $169.00 February 3, 2024 May 3, 2024
Late/At-the-door $189.00 May 4, 2024 June 27, 2024

Cancellations: There is a $50 cancellation fee for any cancellation made ON or BEFORE May 16, 2024. Cancellations after this date will NOT be refunded.

IYC2024 Hotel Information

Orlando World Center Marriott
$179 per night, plus 12.5% tax

Room rates include the mandatory Resort Fee in effect at the time of check-in.
This charge is for resort amenities and includes the following:
  • Enhanced in-room wireless internet for up to 6 devices
  • Daily admission to River Falls Water Park for up to 4 guests
  • Daily scheduled shuttle service to Disney Parks for up to 4 guests
  • Nightly scheduled shuttle service to Disney Springs for up to 4 guests
  • One complimentary bag of range balls and use of rental clubs daily
  • 15% discount off retail rates for green fee rates (excludes merchandise)
Access to book hotel rooms for IYC is available in your registration confirmation. 
PLEASE NOTE: The hotel is currently sold out on rooms for Tuesday, June 25.
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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CONVENTION

SPEAKERS & SPECIAL GUESTS

SEU Worship

SEU Worship is a collaboration between the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. It is a reflection of the worship movement happening during weekly chapel services within the campus community. Their sound is inspired by the pop music and culture of emerging adults, and their songwriters aim to craft prophetic and theologically responsible lyrics.

Lori Maldonado

With a gripping and contagious style, Dr. Lori Maldonado routinely addresses a variety of audiences across the country. Whether speaking on leadership or spiritual development, her passion for teaching and inspiring doesn’t disappoint—from retreats to conferences and beyond. She co-created the Teach One to Lead One program, recognized as educationally sound by the White House in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. Lori doesn’t mince words as she challenges people to live with integrity, depth, and joy. Dr. Lori has authored seven books and has been a contributing author for other books and publications. She is a certified Youth Development Professional (YDP) and a Life Coach certified by the International Association of Professions (IAP) Career College. She has earned her master’s of divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and her doctorate in leadership development at Asbury University.

Jeff Mugford

Jeff says, “The best years of our lives were spent in youth ministry serving churches in Wyoming and Arizona.” Jeff Mugford has also served as lead pastor for churches in Arizona, California, and Oregon. He and his wife Cindy are currently TIPS pastors (transitional, interim) serving Rustic Hills Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Michael Thigpen

A visionary leader, Michael has served the body of Christ for almost thirty years. He has worked in a variety of ministry areas, both nationally and internationally. Mike is a graduate of Anderson University, having completed both a bachelor of science in organizational leadership and a master’s in business administration. Mike has the unique ability to capture, and connect with, all types of audiences.

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He seeks to encourage, empower, and motivate audiences to become passionate servant leaders, impacting the world by sharing the true and authentic love of God.

John Michael Hinton

Using no sorcery at all, John Michael 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!

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But it’s the heart of God that I want you to truly walk away remembering.” For more information, and to see him in action, please visit www.JohnIsMyFriend.com.

Heather Thompson Day

Dr. Heather Thompson Day is an interdenominational speaker who has been a contributor for Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Newsweek and the Barna Group. She is also the host of Viral Jesus, a podcast with Christianity Today, which is in the top 200 of all Christian podcasts in the country.

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Heather is an associate professor of communication at Andrews University. She is passionate about supporting women and runs an online community called “I’m That Wife,” which has over 270,000 followers.
Heather’s writing has been featured on outlets like the Today Show and the National Communication Association. She has been interviewed by BBC Radio Live and the Wall Street Journal.
Heather believes her calling is to stand in the gap of our churches for young people. She is the author of eight books; including It’s Not Your Turn, and I’ll See You Tomorrow. She resides in Michigan with her husband Seth Day and their three children, London, Hudson, and Sawyer Day.
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The History of IYC

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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 over $1,000,000 worth of total volunteer service hours. Still, the giving goes beyond the IYC host cities. Since 1998, thousands of attendees have participated in IYC-related mission experiences in eleven countries. Over 42,000 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 in support of missions, both locally and globally.

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 Church of God Ministries & IYC leaders visit the convention city to contract with the convention center and the hotels.

Several years ago, the Youth Ministry Team (YMT) 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.

CGM & 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: “Will this help create a moment for life change?” We never seek to do anything at IYC that doesn’t set attendees up for that a powerful connection to God and the 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 our on-site staff and team of prayer intercessors are praying for IYC participants.

As IYC2024 approaches, begin to pray with us for that moment of life change for all who attend.

Who?

Seventh-grade graduates to high school seniors (class of 2024) and adult leaders.

IYC is designed for the age group above. You as the leader of your group may make exceptions to this guideline as needed based on the maturity level of your students.

Can I bring my child to the convention?

All individuals attending IYC 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 six years old and under are free.

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. If you are unable to find a group near you that is attending, please contact us at iyc@chog.org and we will do our best to assist you.

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 a leader of students in order to come to IYC  (exceptions would be specially 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.

What, When, & Where?

The 54th International Youth Convention of the Church of God to be held in Orlando, Florida.

Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

IYC is a four-day biennial gathering of junior and senior high school students and their adult leaders.

The convention will be held Thursday, June 27 – Sunday, June 30, 2024.

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 fewer 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.

Why?

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.

Theme

The theme for IYC2024 is ORIGINS.

Based on Psalm 145:4-7

Psalm 145 is about remembering who God is, what God has done, and believing that those things will continue to be true into the future.  It is a Psalm that encourages us in the present, and encourages us to continue to tell the story of God and God’s activity to future generations.  

There are many ways to tell the story of God, and many stories to tell, but for the purposes of IYC2024, we are going to tell the story through the metanarrative of scripture: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Reconciliation. We’ll use this framework to tell the story of God, but we will also use it as we examine our own story as a movement, and dream for where God will lead us in the future.

Psalm 145:4-7

4  Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
     let them proclaim your power.
5  I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor
    and your wonderful miracles.
6  Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
     I will proclaim your greatness.
7  Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;
     they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

Transportation

All attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation to IYC. For those flying into Orlando, we recommend the Orlando International Airport (MCO). The airport is about 25 minutes from the IYC Convention Center & Hotel. The hotel DOES NOT offer airport shuttle service.  Uber, shuttles, and taxies typically cost around $30-$40, one-way. You might want to consider thinking outside the box – looking at a limo service or private van service, for example.

For groups without transportation wishing to spend a day at a water park or theme park before or after the convention, there are various transportation companies in the Orlando area available to take you to/from those locations.

Waiver

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 – JUNE 27, 2024.

Give the link below 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 IYC2024.

The updated waiver is available here: https://cgm.formstack.com/forms/iyc_waiver_copy

Dress Code

We expect students and leaders to dress in a way that is respectful and honoring to God.

What to Pack

What should I pack for IYC?

Not sure exactly what to pack for your time with us at IYC? Below is a sample packing list to help you get started.

  • Bible, notebook, and a pen
  • Clothes for however many days your trip is (shorts, t-shirts, etc.)
  • Sweatshirt or a light jacket (the AC keeps it cold inside the convention center)
  • Sneakers and/or closed-toed shoes
  • Toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Medications (original containers placed inside a clear zip lock bag with the student’s name)
  • Swimsuit (modest)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen/Sunblock
  • Small bag/fanny pack or book bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle (reusable)
  • Snacks
  • Photo I.D. (Required to fly if you are 18 years or older)
  • Spending money
    • $20-$30 for Missions offering
    • IYC merchandise (t-shirts will range from $17-$20 with 4+ options to choose from)
    • Merchandise from IYC artists
    • Snacks (Starbucks, ice cream or treats nearby the hotel)
Meal Planning

There are numerous restaurants available within close driving distance of the hotel, but none are available by foot (hotel location is on a Highway with no sidewalks). There are several food options within the hotel. Here are some tips for you:

    • 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!
    • Food Delivery – You can order food from local restaurants and have them delivered to the hotel. 
    • Convention Center—NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED INSIDE THE CONVENTION CENTER. Please follow this guideline that they have given us.
    • Outside the hotel—There are a lot of options outside the hotel for those with AND without transportation. The area is full of restaurants and shops. If you plan to eat at a restaurant, we recommend calling ahead to see if they take reservations or call ahead seating.
Missions

Is there a mission experience before or after IYC that I can be involved with?

We are not offering a group missions experience in conjunction with IYC2024, but you are welcome to pursue your own options for a pre/post-IYC mission experience.

Will there be a Missions Offering at IYC?

Yes, there will be two opportunities for students to give to Missions, and those funds will be used to continue providing tools for evangelism around the world. Our focus projects will be church planting in Amazonia and home churches in France. Our goal is for each person to give at least $20 in the offering.  If we do that, we can raise over $60,000 at IYC2024.

Impact Day

Due to the unique location and setting of the Hotel, we will NOT be doing Impact Day at IYC2024. We will have several different mission experiences available throughout IYC. More info on these experiences will be available soon. Stay tuned!

High School Band

The IYC High School Band consists of students who are current 9th-12th grade students, selected from CHOG congregations from around North America, under the direction of Jake Seaton. To audition for the IYC High School Band, click here.

Student Leadership Team

IYC is a convention that is FOR teenagers primarily planned BY teenagers! The IYC Student Leadership Team consists of students selected from around North America that have been nominated by their Youth Pastor/Senior Pastor. These students meet several times to establish the IYC theme, specific speakers and artists, as well as the breakout sessions and other components of IYC. To nominate a student for the IYC2026 Student Leadership Team, click here: https://forms.gle/h5hiFvWGLWn6CpW19

5K

Whether you’re a walker or a runner, join us for this amazing IYC tradition and help raise money for the Community Connection Hubs at Church of God locations in the Philippines. It’s a great way to get active and create impact—all while making memories and new friends!

Friday, June 28 at 7:15AM
World Center Marriott Golf Course

Pre-registration cost: $24
Cost at time of event: $30

REGISTER HERE

Tax Exempt Information

Churches may apply for tax exemption in Florida and, if eligible, save a portion of the sales tax from your hotel rooms.

To be eligible for the exemption, Florida law requires that nonprofit organizations obtain a sales tax exemption certificate (Consumer’s Certificate of Exemption, Form DR-14) from the Florida Department of Revenue.

Click here for more information:  https://floridarevenue.com/taxes/businesses/Pages/nonprofit_sales_tax.aspx

Churches will need to apply as religious institutions with an established Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). 

Once you have received your tax exemption paperwork, make copies and bring it with you to IYC. Turn in a copy at the hotel desk upon check-in to save a portion of the sales tax off your rooms. You might be able to use the additional copies at various restaurants and for activities, etc. – it never hurts to ask!

Remember that in order to use tax exemption, payment must be made with a church credit card or check.

This process could take several weeks to complete, so we recommend starting the process early on.

Miscellaneous

What type of seating will there be for the main sessions at IYC2024We will all be in one ballroom at IYC2024. There will be staggered admission by geographical region, based on the color of attendee wristband.

Will there be an offering time at IYC2024? Yes, we are asking everyone to set a goal to bring $20 or more for the Missions offering. 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: 18% 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

Lodging & Parking

Register first to receive your group rate promo code.

Specific access to the room reservation platform will be available to you in your registration confirmation. Included at that time will be the hotel code that will give you access to our special reduced convention rates. This will allow you to reserve your group’s rooms. You will also have instructions on how you might save on taxes for your group.

Special Lodging Rates for IYC Participants from Great Hotels.

$140 per night
current tax rate 18%

Check your registration confirmation for a promo code.

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