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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 in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, who is infinite in power and wisdom, perfect in holiness, and overflowing with love and grace.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Savior and Lord, fully Divine and fully human, who was born of a virgin, ushered in God's kingdom, and died as an atoning sacrifice for sins.

We believe in the physical resurrection and the Lordship of Jesus over heaven and earth, and we anticipate his return to judge evil and restore creation.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, fully Divine and personally active in the church and in the world, who seals and indwells believers to sanctify, guide, and empower them for service in the kingdom.

We believe that all people are made in God’s image with intrinsic value and purpose and that all have sinned and are in need of salvation.

We believe that salvation is offered to all by grace through faith in Jesus alone, a living faith that is demonstrated through repentance, confession, baptism, and a life of obedience.

We believe in one holy church, of which Christ is the head, and in the ministry of all disciples leveraging their gifts, talents, abilities, and influence to advance God’s kingdom.

We believe that Scripture is the uniquely inspired Word of God, true and infallible in all that it affirms, and is therefore the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

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

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


First summer conference held.


Headquarters moved to Joplin, Missouri.


CIY begins hosting National Youth Leader’s Convention.


First youth mission trip to Haiti.


First International Conference in Dominican Republic


Junior High Know Sweat service projects began.


Junior High Believe weekend conference created.


High School Discipleship retreats began.


Website launched.


Relocation to new facility in Joplin, Missouri.


Specialty/Medical mission trips started in partnership with FAME.


Resource Department launches Priority 22 to train youth workers.


First Know Sweat winter work project.


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


SuperStart Curriculum in partnership with Standard Publishing.


40th Anniversary Reunion Celebration at NACC.


CIY summer conference becomes MOVE.


BAHT becomes CIY’s first award winning missions documentary.


CIY forms partnership with Group Publishing.


CIY Missions changes name to CIY Engage.


Engage: The City responds to Joplin tornado.


Know Sweat renamed Engage: Service.


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


CIY first feature length documentary “Love Costs Every Thing”


CIY second feature length documentary “Becoming Sons & Daughters”


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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