Category Archives: Youth

Reconnecting with Millennials – A CFC workshop

When — 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Central Time) Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Where — Blue Grass United Methodist Church, Evansville

While Americans remain deeply spiritual, they’re leaving congregational life behind. This is especially true of Millennials – about 1 in 10 regularly attend a congregational worship service.

Surveys report that young people feel more isolated and lonely today than at any other point in modern history. Your congregation can offer valuable connection to these young adults, but only if you are willing to adapt to meet the needs of those you want to welcome. Writer, speaker and podcaster Mike McHargue leads this one-day workshop. He will explore the sociological, psychological and neurological underpinnings of a generation leaving the church behind, and offer insights on how to invite them back.

The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. Workshop registration is limited to Indiana congregations

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • have a working knowledge of the science behind the anti-institutional sentiment of Millennials.
  • know some of the differences in value systems and motivations between Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers.
  • have a working knowledge of the sociological research behind the advantages of congregation attendance.
  • begin to develop practical strategies to invite Millennials into congregational fellowship.

Click on the following link for more information and to register for the Evansville workshop.

Northminster Presbyterian in Indianapolis is seeking Christian Education and Youth Ministry Leadership


Northminster Presbyterian Church (USA), an Equal Opportunity Employer, in Indianapolis, IN, seeks leadership for its Youth and Christian Education programs. We desire strong initiative, creativity, and enthusiasm to implement programs for children, youth, young adults, and families of all forms in partnership with church leadership.

Responsibilities include: leading the children and youth of the congregation throughout their faith journey, building a foundation and creating a faith community. We anticipate two 20 hour positions, but are open to considering other staffing arrangements.

The successful candidate must have the ability to communicate the Christian faith with our children (babies to 5th grade) and youth (6th – 12th grade) in a way that fosters spiritual growth and service to the community consistent with Northminster’s reformed tradition.

Subject to the direction of the Head Pastor, and in collaboration with the rest of the church staff and leadership, the Director of Youth Services and/or Director of Christian Education will be responsible for the development and implementation of the vision, strategy, and day-to-day elements for all aspects of the youth and/or Christian Education programs at Northminster.

To be considered, please submit a resume or Personal Information Form (PIF) to  We look forward to filling the position(s) promptly.

2017 Pyoca Summer Camp

– The following is the text of the Pyoca Summer newsletter.

Friends of Pyoca,
We are in the midst of transitioning from an unforgettable, very successful summer camp season to a very busy and exciting fall retreat season. While there’s much to look forward to this fall as we have a full conference and retreat schedule, I’d like to say a few words looking back at Pyoca’s 2017 summer camp season.

2017 Summer Camp
We’ve had a fantastic 2017 camp season, ministering to 619 campers since the beginning of June!  That’s almost 100 more campers than last year!  With the theme ‘Branching Out,’ campers learned to reach out to others to deepen their relationships with God, friends, and family. Through bible study, small groups, worship, and activities, they deepened their faith and learned the importance of serving others in need.

We also introduced hunger relief as our service opportunity for our campers this summer. Over 200 hundred campers participated in packing almost 20,000 meals for those in need through the non-profit, Rise Against Hunger. Not only did campers pack meals for the hungry, but they learned about hunger awareness and how to continue to help our local communities and those around the world.

I would like to extend deep thanks to our wonderful staff and volunteers for their great leadership, making Pyoca a transformative and safe experience for our campers and families.

Pyoca High School Conference, Oct. 6-8, 2017
Join us for our third annual HS conference themed ‘Building Bridges’ featuring Rev. TC Anderson as the keynote speaker and worship leader!  Last year we had over 70 high schoolers from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky attend. Help us make it even bigger this year. More information can be found at:

On behalf of the Pyoca Advisory Council, staff, guests, volunteers, donors, and the whole Pyoca family, I want to thank you for your support of this life-changing ministry.

Grace and peace,
Rev. Dr. R. Jacob Hofmeister

Building Bridges image

Above: Inside the new yurts!
Below: A view of the entire finished project. Campers loved them this summer!


Building Bridges, Pyoca HS Conference

Building Bridges imageThis October 6-8, 2017, Pyoca Camp and Retreat Center in Brownstown, IN is hosting the third annual High School Conference, and we want you to join us!
Pyoca High School Conference is open to all high school youth grades 9 – 12 and their youth leaders/parents. Taking place October 6 – 8 this weekend ensures fellowship, fun, and growth.
Rev. TC Anderson will serve as our leadership for the weekend. TC will be delivering keynotes on the Theme: Building Bridges, and also leading us in worship and music.

CfC: Engaging Young Adults Initiative

You’re invited to take a look at the Engaging Young Adults (EYA) learning community program and grant opportunity, presented by the Center for Congregations.

Applications open on May 1, 2017 and are due on August 1, 2017. This program will help select Indiana congregations to engage young adults in their own community and context. This initiative is open to Indiana congregations outside of the Indianapolis metro area.

You can learn more about this opportunity by checking out the EYA page on the website, attending an information session or watching the video information session, which will be available Monday on the website.

Information sessions about this opportunity are being held around the state May 4-17. An informational on-demand video, together with the program application and other materials, are available now.

Information sessions are:

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, May 4, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Eastern time) is Friday, May 5, 2017 at The Sol Center in Indianapolis
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Eastern time) Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at  Ogilville Christian Church in Columbus
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Central time) Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Methodist Temple in Evansville

The sessions are free, but registration is required. Registration is limited to two people per congregation. Sessions include lunch and materials.

Online registration is available on the EYA page of the website.

For more information, contact Wendy McCormick at or contact your regional Center for Congregations office.

Lux Summer Theological Institute

Two Weeks That Could Change A Young Person’s Life:

Lux Summer Theological Institute

You are invited to nominate theologically curious and socially engaged high school students (rising sophomores to graduated seniors) to apply for the inaugural Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth. It will be held July 16-30 at Presbyterian-related Monmouth College. Funded by the Lilly Endowment, the Institute invites students from across the country to address one of the world’s most challenging issues: hunger. Students will participate in worship; intellectually challenging study of scripture and Christian theology; interfaith conversations; and service in the community, field trips and recreational events.

Visit the Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth home page, here.

The deadline to apply for this summer’s institute is May 1.

Pyoca Middle School Conference “Impact”

PYOCA Middle School ConferenceThis March, Pyoca is hosting its first annual Pyoca Middle School Conference, and we want you to join us!

Pyoca Middle School Conference is open to all middle school youth grades 5 -8 and their youth leaders/parents. Taking place March 18 – 19 this weekend ensures fellowship, fun, and Growth.

Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks and Phillip Morgan will serve as our leadership for the weekend. Amy Kim will be delivering keynotes on the Theme: Impact – Colliding with the boundless force of God’s love. She describes it below.

“Get ready for impact!  How do we recognize God in the midst of a broken world, school, family, friends and the mundane minutes of life?  Is God even there?  Let’s uncover what we can learn from wandering Israelite’s, imperfect people and a fisherman that impacts us even today.”

Phillip will be leading us in powerful music and worship and of course there are bound to be energizers!

For registration, schedule, and other information, go to the conference website.