The mission of the General Youth Division is to serve the local churches of the United Pentecostal Church International, partnering in their efforts to evangelize and disciple young people into becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Our Method:We accomplish this mission by:
- Providing training programs for youth and those involved in youth ministry.
- Providing missions opportunities for exposure to evangelism.
- Providing resources for evangelism and discipleship.
- Perpetuating spiritual growth through ministries and events geared toward youth.
- Engaging youth and churches in missions and ministry through Sheaves for Christ.
Apostolic Youth Corps (AYC) facilitates the pairing of ministry-minded Pentecostal youth with North American and international sites which need and/or desire evangelism assistance. AYC provides evangelism opportunities within North America or international sites for various durations ranging from 7-14 days. For information about current trips visit the Apostolic Youth Corps website.
Senior Bible Quizzing
The General Youth Division is proud to sponsor two levels of quizzing. The Intermediate Division is open to 12 - 14 year olds and the Experienced Division involves 15 - 18 year olds. In addition to this, the Youth Division produces several quizzing resources that assist teams in preparing for competitions on the district and national level. For Bible Quiz Extravaganza, North American Bible Quiz Tournament, and resource information visit the Senior Bible Quizzing website.
Campus Ministry International (CMI) was formed to enable and encourage local churches to effectively reach out to the college and university populations in their vicinities with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is done by a variety of means, including motivating Districts and churches to establish and maintain campus evangelism, providing materials and training to aid in the formation of these campus ministries, acting as a clearinghouse for the gathering and distribution of new information, ideas, and materials, and establishing communication and cooperation between campus ministries in our fellowship. Get connected now at the CMI website.
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The Commune-ity Meeting
The Commune-ity Meeting is a conference geared toward empowering youth pastors and youth workers with biblically sound and relevant teaching. This newly remodeled youth conference inspires, informs, and equips youth workers with instruction and resources to impact their local ministries. For more information and to register click here.
Hyphen is the new ministry of the GYD that focuses on single individuals between ages 18-30. Hyphen seeks to bridge the gap between student ministry and adult programming. Our mission is to connect Young Adults to SERVICE . . . with PURPOSE . . . through RESOURCES . . . for a MISSION. To learn about our 2009-2010 objectives or how to get started see: www.hyphenonline.org.
Pentecostal teens can read about culturally relevant issues from a biblical perspective in this new webzine produced exclusively by the General Youth Division. INSIDEOUT features them-based articles, book and music reviews, interviews, devotions, student ministry profiles, and much more! Visit our website www.insideoutmag.org.
North American Youth Congress (NAYC) is the premier youth conference of the United Pentecostal Church. Thousands of young people attend this meeting and are exposed to inspiring preaching, teaching, singing, and great fellowship! NAYC takes place biannually in a city in North America and is anticipated with much excitement by young people and youth workers of the UPCI. For further details visit our website.
Sheaves For Christ
Global Missions: Without reliable transportation, many of our missionaries would not be able to spread the Gospel into areas that have rough terrain or are far from their homes. Over 17 million dollars has been given to the Global Missions Division to purchase vehicles for missionaries. Why? Because no missionary should have to forfeit evangelizing their field of burden because of insufficient transportation. For more information about the Global Missions Division website.
North American Missions: One of the biggest challenges for a home missionary is purchasing or renovating property in order to have adequate facilities for church services. SFC provides grants of up to $10,000 to assist home missionaries in purchasing property. This is just another way that SFC helps to expand revival across North America. For more information visit the North American Missions Division website.
Division of Education: Many students feel a calling into ministry and a desire to prepare for ministry by attending Bible college. Many of these same students face challenges in raising finances for their tuition. Fortunately, SFC has given over $950,000 to provide scholarships to qualified young people seeking to be trained for service in the kingdom of God. The General Youth Division is grateful for the opportunity to partner with these worthy recipients. Visit the DOE website for information about the ministry of the Division of Education.
Tupelo Children's Mansion: The dissolution of the nuclear family has resulted in the shattering of many young lives. With many young people subject to the problems that a broken home produces, Tupelo Children€s Mansion provides a place of solace for those who have been abandoned and abused. The General Youth Division is thrilled to partner with TCM by providing funds that support this vital ministry. For more information visit the Tupelo Children's Mansion website.
Lightouse Ranch for Boys: The dissolution of the nuclear family has resulted in the shattering of many young lives. With many young people subject to the problems that a broken home produces, Tupelo Children's Mansion provides a place of solace for those who have been abandoned and abused. The General Youth Division is thrilled to partner with TCM by providing funds that The purpose of Lighthouse Ranch is to heal the broken lives of young men. This healing is accomplished through therapeutic guidance methods and by the Word of God. Through the spirit of love and caring, Lighthouse Ranch has helped steer troubled boys toward living responsible and mature lives. For more information visit the Lighthouse Ranch for Boys website.
Spirit of Freedom Ministries: According to a recent U.S. News and World Report, almost one third of high school students take their first drink before the age of 14, while 20 percent of teens binge drink by the ninth grade. By the 12th grade, more than 80 percent have drunk alcohol. As a result of this, many young adults are being strangled by the ugly tentacles of alcoholism. Spirit of Freedom Ministries is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to reaching the chemically dependent and their families with the answer to their alcohol or drug related problems, offering materials and toll-free phone lines to assist men, women, and children across North America who desire help. For more information visit the Spirit of Freedom Ministries website.