Youth

The Winter Youth Retreat is attended by over 200 youth every winter. Our goal is to provide a “spiritual marker” event that builds the community within youth groups and among youth from different churches. We have dynamic worship and a speaker that connects with young people — many make first time commitments to Christ and re-commitments to following Christ.

Next Winter Youth Retreat – February 15-17, 2020 (President's Day Weekend) at Camp Cedar Crest. Make plans to attend now! Click here for more details on the upcoming WYR!

American Baptist Day at Magic Mountain This event builds community within youth groups as they spend the entire day together — many great things can happen as a result of spending lots of time together.

Our last Magic Mountain Day was on August 10, 2019.

Equipping Youth Leaders for Ministry A youth pastors group meets once a month to connect with each other around our common youth ministry. Youth and Young Adult Ministry leaders training sessions are held once a month in different locations around our region.

We also provide a reduced rate for youth ministry leaders to attend the Urban Youth Workers Institute National Conference. This is one of the best training events in the nation for those who serve youth in the urban context. The next conference will be taking place at Azusa Pacific University, May  23-25, 2019

The Region also sponsors EQUIP—an event that offers training for ministry leaders in all areas of church ministry, including youth and young adult ministry.  Equip 2020 will take place in March of 2020.

We are in touch with other training events for youth and young adult ministry and let leaders in our region know what training events are available to help strengthen local church ministry.

National and World Conferences - Once about every 4 years American Baptists offer a National Youth Conference. We have taken a group to every National Conference since 1990. The last National Youth Conference was in Washington D.C. in 2012 Every 5 years the Baptist World Alliance has a World Youth Conference. We have taken groups to Zimbabwe, Houston, Hong Kong, Germany, and Singapore and offered a mission encounter in addition to attending the conference. The next World Conference will most likely take place in 2020.