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Christ In Youth

The Call Amplified. Kingdom Workers in Action.

For more than 40 years, Christ In Youth (CIY) has called students and leaders to boldly live for Christ through the hope of the Gospel message and a call to Kingdom action. By amplifying the call of Christ on student lives, three generations of servants, workers, missionaries and church leaders have responded to that call and populated the harvest field.

Today, CIY works in partnership with the local church, providing more than 100 annual program events for students and leaders across the United States and in more than ten foreign countries. CIY believes God has uniquely and specifically equipped every student for Kingdom work. In response to His call, students can actively serve in the harvest fields of their families, schools, churches and communities- not someday- but TODAY.

Within the next decade, more than one million students and leaders will be impacted worldwide through CIY's programs, curriculum and resources in an effort to turn the Millennial generation into a movement of Kingdom workers, responding in faith and in service to the call of Christ.

Christ In Youth believes that the Bible is the full and final inspired Word of God and is infallible as an all sufficient rule of faith and practice; in the deity and full authority of Jesus Christ; the faith in and obedience to Christ and His teaching is essential for salvation. We also believe in the virgin birth of Christ, His blood atoning death on a cross, and the bodily resurrection, the final judgment, and a literal heaven and hell as taught in the Bible. We are committed to the restoration of the New Testament teaching, principles and practices.

History of Christ In Youth

Christ in Youth was founded in 1968 by Ozark Bible College Professor Bob Stacy. His vision was to create a place where the Gospel message could be presented to young people in a way that was contemporary and culturally relevant. CIY started with volunteer college students leading rallies and high school assemblies via drama, music and dynamic speaking.

"Create a place where the Gospel message could be presented to young people in a way that was contemporary and culturally relevant."

The first conference was held in the summer of 1969. As CIY's knowledge of youth ministry grew, the organization began to create effective tools for youth leaders to go along with the conference and event strategy. in 1984, CIY hosted the first annual National Youth Leaders Convention, and in the summer of 1985 the first CIY youth mission trip was taken to Haiti.

In 1990 the international expansion of CIY continued with the first international conference in the Dominican Republic. In 2004, CIY added Know Sweat: (now called Engage: Service) - a program to help students get hands-on experience in community service. Throughout the 1990s, CIY gained a reputation as a cutting-edge youth ministry, leading in areas of worship, multimedia, resources, missions experiences and college campus conferences. In 1997, CIY became an innovator in Junior High programing with the launch of "Believe" - a weekend event packed with powerful worship, intense drama and teaching from God's Word.

In 2005, CIY held the first ever SuperStart! Event, created specifically for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. In 2007, CIY partnered with Standard Publishing to create a full Sunday School curriculum for preteens.

CIY Celebrated 40 years of ministry in 2008 by rebranding its logo and establishing a new vision and mission: Amplifying Christ's call to be Kingdom workers through events, trips and resources. This led to the rebranding of summer conferences, now called "MOVE." In 2010, CIY missions was rebranded as Engage, expanding the opportunity for more trips and service projects. And in 2011, CIY showcased its first feature-length documentary, "Love Costs Every Thing," to more than 30,000 event participants across the country. The film's national theatrical release took place in 2012. A second documentary, "Becoming Sons and Daughters," was shown to students and adult leaders during 2012 programs and will see a simulcast release in 2013.

Today CIY reaches more than 65,000 students and adult leaders by way of more than 100 events. The organization continues to be an innovative voice in student ministry with programs directed toward enhancing the spiritual formation of students. Plans include multi-region expansion, increased video production and new media outreach through the Internet and mobile applications.

Our Timeline

1968
1

Ministry founded by Bob Stacy, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1969
2

First summer conference held.

1983
3

Headquarters moved to Joplin, Missouri.

1984
4

CIY begins hosting National Youth Leader’s Convention.

1985
5

First youth mission trip to Haiti.

1990
6

First International Conference in Dominican Republic

1994
7

Junior High Know Sweat service projects began.

1997
8

Junior High Believe weekend conference created.

1997
9

High School Discipleship retreats began.

2000
10

Website launched.

2001
11

Relocation to new facility in Joplin, Missouri.

2001
12

Specialty/Medical mission trips started in partnership with FAME.

2003
13

Resource Department launches Priority 22 to train youth workers.

2004
14

First Know Sweat winter work project.

2005
15

SuperStart! weekend conference for 4th- 6th grade launched.

2007
16

SuperStart! Curriculum in partnership with Standard Publishing.

2008
17

40th Anniversary Reunion Celebration at NACC.

2008
18

CIY summer conference becomes MOVE.

2009
19

BAHT becomes CIY’s first award winning missions documentary.

2009
20

CIY forms partnership with Group Publishing.

2010
21

CIY Missions changes name to CIY Engage.

2011
22

Engage: The City responds to Joplin tornado.

2011
23

Know Sweat renamed Engage: Service.

2011
24

CIY MIX summer conference created for 6th-8th grade students.

2011
25

CIY first feature length documentary “Love Costs Every Thing”

2012
26

CIY second feature length documentary “Becoming Sons & Daughters”

2012
27

MOVE Summer Conference sets record attendance 23,269.

Kingdom Workers

Today's generation of young people are searching - for someone to love them, for a place in this world and for a purpose to their lives. Christ is calling them to a life of purpose in his Kingdom, and CIY helps amplify that call. Through CIY programs and events, young people not only learn how to put Kingdom work into action, but also how to become Kingdom workers in every moment of their lives - eventually taking that Kingdom work into every corner of the world.

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