Youth Councils 2017 (aka #MetroYC17) is around the corner, and the time to register has come! We’re geared up for an awesome weekend of worship, teaching, prayer and fellowship. Check it out:
WHAT IS YOUTH COUNCILS?
Youth Councils is a three day retreat specifically for Jr. High and High School age youth to be challenged and strengthened in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
WHO CAN ATTEND YOUTH COUNCILS?
We have two tracks to set up so that we can tailor everything to the specific needs of your youth. To attend the Jr. High Track, youth must be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade by April 8, 2016. In order to be in the High School Track, youth need to be in 9th-12th grade by that same date.
WHEN IS YOUTH COUNCILS?
Youth Councils 2017 is being held from April 7-9, at Wonderland Camp & Conference Center.
HOW MUCH DOES YOUTH COUNCILS COST?
$50 for all delegates and leaders. That includes all your meals, snacks, lodging, main sessions, concerts, banquets, jokes, good times, pillow fights, and more.
WHAT IS THE THEME FOR YOUTH COUNCILS?
The theme for the weekend is Identity. Our identity should be modeled after the life that Jesus lived. The things he cared about are the things we should care about. Our lives should look more and more like Jesus’ life in the Bible each day. Identity isn’t just about who we are right now, but about who we’re becoming.
WHO ARE THE SPECIAL GUESTS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL TRACK?
[Pastor Harvey Carey | speaker]
Harvey Carey is the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan. He is a dynamic speaker whose global ministry continues to change lives with the transforming truth of God’s word. As a Youth Pastor in Chicago, Carey developed a nationally emulated youth ministry model that has reached thousands of teens in inner-cities across the nation.
Passionate about restoring the inner-city, Carey has partnered with several community organizations and nonprofits providing housing, social services and ministry to youth and children in the city of Detroit. His inspiring leadership and vision for urban renewal unites people across boundaries of race, age, class and culture. Carey, his wife, Nancy and daughter, Tiffany, reside in the heart of Detroit.
[Lt. Amanda Keene | speaker]
Lieutenant Amanda Keene started attending the Mount Greenwood Corps on the South Side of Chicago during her college years. It was her Junior year in college that she fell in love with the ministry of The Salvation Army, and she entered training from the Metro Division, Blue Island Corps! Commissioned as an officer in 2014, she is currently in her second appointment as a single woman officer in St. Louis, MO at the Maplewood Corps in Midland Division.
She has two crazy sisters, a goofy brother-in-law, the most adorable niece and nephew and parents who are just as crazy as the rest of the family. She loves to travel, loves to be with friends, her favorite place in the world is the Drive-In movie theater, she could eat pizza every day if she could find a way to not gain a million pounds, and she gets way too into movies. Amanda is a “hot mess” who is deeply loved by God. In all of her imperfections and weaknesses, God’s strength is made perfect. She is still learning more and growing every day – a beautiful work in progress.
[Delwin Eiland Band | worship band]
Delwin Eiland serves as a worship pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. He has a passion for the growth and development of young musicians, and believes that their gifts can be used to lead the church into the next era. As a part of Willow’s Elevate Jr. High Ministry, Delwin leads weekend worship services with his student bands. A native of Chicago’s south side, he now lives in the Northwest Suburbs with his wife, Ashlee, and their two children, Brooklyn & Myles.
WHO ARE THE SPECIAL GUESTS IN THE JR. HIGH TRACK?
[EJ Swanson | speaker]
EJ is blessed to be leading a team of NextGen Pastors and Directors across thirteen campuses at Woodside Bible Church in The Metro Detroit area! Passionate about people E.J. oversees staff, volunteers, strategies, and leadership development for Kids, Students, and Young adults at Woodside. He loves being in the trenches with a great team! He has shared the stage and toured with many artists including The David Crowder Band, Mercy Me, Hawk Nelson, Shawn McDonald, Matt Maher, Big Daddy Weave, and Building 429! EJ lives in Troy, MI with his lovely bride Abbey and daughter Ruth. Learn more at www.nextgenministry.org.
[Building Nations | worship band]
Building Nations is a high energy Christian Rock band hailing from the heartlands of America, out of Bedford, IN. The group was officially formed in mid 2011. Founded by two brothers, on Lead Vocals and Guitars-David and on Lead Vocals and guitars-Randy VanLandingham, and the rest of the band consisting of, Bassist- Karen VanLandingham (their mother)–a.k.a “Mama V”, on Guitars and Vocals- David Higgins (their uncle), and the group is perfectly rounded out by it’s other two band members, on Guitars-Isaac Hawkins and new in 2017 on Drums is non other than-Kevin Corra. These guys have been in Music Ministry together in total almost a decade now, with the sole mission of reaching the world for Jesus through the gifts and talents that they have been blessed to receive. Learn more at www.buildingnationsband.com.
IS THERE A BANQUET OR SOMETHING?
Yes, you’ve heard the rumors, and they’re all true. How could we not have a banquet after last year’s huge success? This year, the theme is “Hollywood”, and youth and leaders alike will have the chance to dress up as their favorite celebrities. We’ll have good food, photo booths, and a red carpet!
We know that the youth of our awesome Division are just so talented, and we want to see those gifts in action. That’s why we’ll be hosting an Open Mic on Saturday. Whether you want to sing, play an instrument, share spoken word or do a magic trick, the Open Mic will be a space for students to share their gifts in a safe place – without judgement and with support. Get thinking about what you might share. Sign ups will happen at Camp.
WORLD SERVICES FUNDRAISER – 20 NEW CORPS! HONDURAS & VENEZUELA
This year the Metropolitan Division is supporting two Latin American countries who are in need of buildings to continue running their programs and/or begin new corps plants: Honduras and Venezuela. The Salvation Army in Honduras runs school programs at two different hospitals in the country. These programs help to keep children from falling behind in school while they are sick. Raising money for Honduras will allow for a new building to continue this important program. There are five Salvation Army units in Venezuela. In Caracas, Venezuela corps begin as house churches where Salvationists and their friends gather to sing, pray, study the Bible and share their lives. The Corps Officers will often live in the home where the congregation meets.
This year, the youth of the Metropolitan Division will come alongside the rest of the Division in raising money for these two countries. We want to be a part of keeping their programs running in safe and functional buildings. Watch for more information coming to your corps soon!
On Saturday morning at 8:30 AM, we invite all students to participate in a ministry exploration breakfast. Do you have questions about what ministry opportunities exist for you in the Army? Then this is the place for you! This breakfast will explore full time ministry of all types.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
See your Corps Officer or Youth Leader ASAP, and they’ll get you set up. It’s that easy!
We can’t wait to see you there!