Refuel 2020

Refuel is a conference for everyone involved in youth ministry. The focus of Refuel 2020 is 4 Chair Discipleship. Our objective is to equip leaders to be disciple makers. This year we have the great pleasure of having guest speakers Doug Holliday and Jay Fast from Sonlife ministries lead us through the 4 Chair Discipleship training along with Ronnie Murchison leading us to the feet of God in worship.

Refuel is a gathering for youth leaders. Anyone involved in youth work as a volunteer leader, paid corps employee, intern, youth development coordinator, divisional staff, territorial staff, cadet, and corps officers are all welcome to Refuel!

Check out https://centralyouthnetwork.com/refuel/ for more information

Summer Mission Teams 2020

Summer Mission Team (SMT) applications for 2020 are now available!

SMT is a Salvation Army leadership development program which invites young people into a deeper relationship with the Lord through participation in a seven week team missions experience.

  • SMT is available to applicants ages 18-28. Applicants must be 18 by June 9, 2020.
  • This year there are 5 SMT’s: 3 overseas teams, 1 Central Territory team, and 1 CAST (Creative Arts Service Team).
  • The deadline for application materials is February 19, 2020.

Summer Mission Team 2020

Peer Magazine: Remix Writer Wanted

As you may know, our very own Sarah and Simon Micula are heading to CFOT this Fall. Sarah has been serving as the Remix writer for Peer Magazine, and due to their new journey, she’s stepping down from her post. Obviously, Peer s now looking for a new writer for the section. If you’re interested, check out their description from Peer posted below:

Want to be featured in a national publication 📖 AND earn some extra cash 💵? Peer Magazine is looking for a writer who is passionate about fashion and decorating tips for the best Salvation Army thrift store finds.⬇️

Submit the following to [email protected] by July 8, 2019:
– 📄 160-word writing sample about a fashion topic you care about
– 🎥 1-2 minute video of you talking about the same topic as your writing sample.

We wish Sarah Micula well because this September, she and her husband will be entering The Salvation Army’s training school to become an officer/pastor. Sarah will no longer be writing for us, which means we’re looking for a new Remix writer!

apply for a CBLI scholarship!

It’s hard to believe, but it’s basically summer already! And one of the best things your students could do this summer is attend CBLI (Central Bible and Leadership Institute)! We believe in this opportunity so much that we’ve made 30 full scholarships available for first time attenders. Fifteen are reserved for the Sr. High Track*, and another 15 are reserved for the Young Adult Community**.

If there are scholarships left by June 24, we will offer them on a first come, first served basis regardless of track and past attendance. The registration deadline is July 5. 

In order to obtain a scholarship for your youth, Corps Officers should write an email to Nate Irvine with the following information: 

  • Your student’s name and age (DOB if you have it)
  • An explanation endorsing why you feel this person should attend a Bible and leadership camp, and how you see this experience benefiting their walk and ministry. 

We will respond with an email as to whether or not they’ve been approved, and walk you through the registration process.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

*In order to be in the Sr. High Track, you must be between the ages of 13-17. Only 13 year olds entering high school in the Fall will be eligible to be in the Sr. High Track. 

**In order to be in the Young Adult Community, you must be between the ages of 18-29.

Midwest Prayer & Praise Night Podcast!

Tito bringing the FIRE at the Midwest Prayer & Praise Night!

On Friday, May 10, at the last Prayer & Praise Night of the 2019-2020 season (wuuuuut?!), Tito Rapley, of Raplee fame, brought a powerful message about being fake. Sometimes we’re one person at school and with our friends, and a totally different person at church. Living like that is *exhausting*. Instead, we should live into the pattern and way of living God’s created for us to live in (Romans 12:1-2). Enjoy the podcast!

2019 Metro Leadership & Medical Scholarship Apps are LIVE!

The applications for the Metro Leadership Scholarship and the Metro Medical Scholarship are now live online! Both have deadlines of July 12, 2019. Late applications (including reference forms) will not be accepted.

To learn more about each scholarship, and to apply, click the appropriate link below:

2019 Metro Leadership Scholarship: https://thesalvationarmychicago.submittable.com/submit/140160/2019-metro-leadership-scholarship 

2019 Metro Medical Scholarship: https://thesalvationarmychicago.submittable.com/submit/140167/2019-metro-medical-scholarship 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask at [email protected]

Youth Leader Brunch Podcast: Sexual Assault & Youth Ministry

Our churches need to be a safe place for our students, which is why our last Youth Leader Brunch of the 2018-2019 School Year was about Sexual Assault. We talked about consent, being whole persons, the difference between assertiveness and aggression, and so much more. Our guest, Roxanne Pennington, was INCREDIBLE.

WARNING: This episode is about sex and sexual assault, so there may be some triggers in this episode for you. Take care of yourself, and dip out if you need to.

The YC 19 Is On Sale Now!


We’re now selling our YC 19 shirt! The Heart to God, Hand to Man shirt is on sale for $10.

To order a shirt, email us at [email protected] with your size. Leaving a comment here will not count! 🙅‍♂️

Checks should be made payable to The Salvation Army, and mailed to Metro DHQ, care of The Youth Department:

The Salvation Army
c/o The Youth Department 
5040 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60630

All the money is going to World Services. Available while supplies last.

Don’t forget! Rader Scholarship Apps due May 15

The Rader Scholarship is made available to minority Salvationists attending Christian Colleges. Five annual scholarship may be awarded at a maximum of $5,000 each. The applications are due May 15 this year, and late applications will not be accepted.

As you fill out an application, please pay attention to the following:

  • Submit a completed application. Please review the required items and attach them together as a color scanned pdf. Originals must be sent to DHQ for approval.
  • Be certain that financial aid award letters are complete and dated for the CURRENT year.
  •  Be certain to complete the budget section and add all items from the financial aid letter including loans.  All financial aid should go in the “other scholarships” section.
  • Specify your leadership participation specifically… the application asks for leadership roles, not soldiership.
  • Specify both home corps and/or college corps as applicable