US & CANADA YOUTH MINISTRIES MOVES FORWARD
The strategy of the US & Canada youth ministry team includes discipling and equipping youth to expand the kingdom of God locally and globally. Today’s students are an important part of the church, and discipleship is vital for continuing the advancement of the gospel. In Jesus’ three years of ministry, he set the example of investing in the lives of his disciples. They continued his work and are a primary reason the church still exists today. The Church of God movement strives to disciple youth through providing empowering events and opportunities for students.
One of our key events, the International Youth Convention (IYC), will take place July 3–6, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. The convention is under a new leadership structure, following the departure of long-time director, Andy Stephenson. Stephenson has agreed to remain in a consulting position with IYC, and Youth Ministry Team member Adam Rentas has been chosen as the new IYC director. Rentas and Stephenson, working with IYC project coordinator Tami Byrd, have already met with the Student Leadership and Youth Ministry Teams to begin planning for the convention. The IYC website is scheduled to launch in April 2019 at www.iyc2020.org, with registration opening in September.
Immediately following IYC2020, Church of God Ministries is offering a discipleship training opportunity for students with a passion for missions. A.One.8, an internship opportunity through Global Strategy and Spread the Word, will begin as IYC ends on July 6. Participants and their leaders will travel to Lake Wales, Florida, for a week of discipleship training at Warner University and the h.e.a.r.t. Village. The group will then travel to Costa Rica (location to be confirmed) for a week of cross-cultural learning and ministry engagement.
A.One.8 targets students who are age sixteen or older, and/or at least juniors in high school. Students must raise their own support and are not required to attend IYC in order to participate. A.One.8 is a competitive opportunity, with an application and interview process in place. Interested students may apply at https://www.jesusisthesubject.org/a-one-8/.