Montreat Youth Conference (MYC) is a unique gathering of young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship, and recreation. Activities include morning energizers, music, keynote, small group meetings, afternoon recreation activities, and evening worship. MYC is designed for high school students, entering freshmen through graduated seniors, and for their group leaders. We offer six conferences each summer.
MYC 2018 will strive to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. It will seek to be an inclusive place where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge is expected, and where all are embraced. Read the full goal statement.
2018 Theme: Lift Every Voice
This summer’s theme will be Lift Every Voice. Hear what leadership had to say about the theme at their planning meeting last fall.
There are four main parts of every day at MYC:
Keynote – The keynote session gathers everyone together for movement and group building (fondly known as energizers), announcements, music, and keynote. Keynote is a 45 minute-ish presentation engaging conferees in that day’s scriptural theme. After keynote, conferees head to small group sessions.
Small Groups – Small groups allow youth to form relationships with others in order to have honest discussions with each other about questions raised during keynote and worship. Small group sessions are led by trained small group leaders, who guide conversation and lead group building activities.
Worship – After dinner, everyone gathers for worship. In worship, youth engage the Word of God as they seek to understand and respond to the challenges and triumphs of being a high schooler in the twenty-first century. Youth Conference worship is joyful, reflective, and seeks to glorify God using many creative gifts of the participants.
Recreation – Recreation events are featured throughout the day and include everything from dance, games, and group building activities to snow cone parties, international crafts, and service. Energizers are a much beloved Montreat tradition, pairing popular music and simple movements everyone can enjoy.
If you already know which week you want to attend, just click on one of the conference weeks listed below. Looking for general information about registration? Everything you wanted to know and more is available on the Youth Conference Online Registration Guide.
Small Group Leaders and Planning Team
Leaders of youth are a critical part of the equation. If you are 21 or older and can contribute some part of your summer, consider being a small group leader for a Montreat youth conference!
Want to be part of the planning for a future Montreat youth conference! High school youth and adults can apply to be on a planning team.
Need some tools to promote your trip to a youth conference? Check out our youth conference resources for educational materials to print and place around your church, logos to incorporate into your own promo pieces, and an inventory of resources from past youth conferences.
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