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


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


July 2-5, 2018


Indianapolis, IN


To create a moment for life change.

How much? 

The total cost per student for this trip is $565 when registered by March 18th. 

The total cost per student when registered after March 18th is $595 upon receipt of the $175 deposit and registration. 

All students who are registered will need to be paid in full by Sunday, June 24th

Fundraising opportunities will continue to be made available. 

Who do I contact for more information?

Andrew Thomas, Director of Student Ministries at or 419-422-6862ext202


Tentative Schedule - Subject To Change

Sunday, July 1, 2018

2:00-5:00pm Preregistration and Check-in

Monday,  July 2, 2018

10:00am-12 Noon Prayer Service (optional)

12Noon - 5:30pm Registration and Check-in

2:00-4:00pm Super Crazy Fun Game Time (Come and go)

4:30-5:00pm Leader's Prayer Time (all leaders are welcome)

5:00-5:30pm Leader's Meeting (A representative from your group required)

5:45-6:15pm Designated Prayer Counselors' Meeting

7:00-9:30pm Main Service: On Track with Faith - Speaker: Samuel Rodriguez

9:30-10:15pm Process/debrief time with individual groups

10:30pm Late Night Venue - John Michael Hinton

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

8:15-9:00am Morning Training - Mind/Body/Spirit (Optional)

9:15-9:45am Main Leaders only session

10:00-10:55am Student Conference Session 1

10:05am-12:10pm YMI

11:20am-12:15pm Student Conference Session 2

1:30-5:00pm IMPACT Indianapolis

4:30-5:30pm Interactive/Creative Reflection (Optional)

8:00-10:00pm Main Service: On Track with Purity - Speaker: Tim Ross (STW Offering)

10:00pm Process/Debrief Time with Individual Groups

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

8:00am 5K for Trafficklight (Tentative)

11:00am-12:30pm Main Service: On Track: Joy - Speaker TBD (STW Offering)

1:45-2:15pm Emerging Leader Coaches' Training

2:30-3:55pm Emerging Leaders Gathering (Optional training designed for students who are serious about being Christ-centered leaders)

4:30pm Venue: Artist TBA

8:00-9:00pm Main Service: Worship and preparation for Silent Walk. Speaker: Jim Lyon

9:00pm Silent Walk

Thursday, July 5, 2018

10:00am-12Noon Main Service: On Track with Focus - Speaker: Danielle Strickland

12Noon Launched out to be on mission!


  • 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 lead 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. 

    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.

  • 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, IN (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."

  • 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 BeLight: 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.

  • Tim Ross

    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.

  • 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!”



  • 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."

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  • David Crowder

    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, TX, 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.

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  • Jeff Whye (Emcee)

    Jeff lives in Phoenix, AZ, 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 teaching and connections pastor at North Hill 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. 

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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 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.