Coming Soon: Special Conferences and Conversations for Youth

Date Posted: 11/10/2016

Registration is underway for the acclaimed 2017 Texas Youth Academy as well as youth retreats that will include “Conversations” with Bishop Scott Jones.
Tis the season to “save the date” for several upcoming activities. The 2017 calendar is already teeming with fun-filled events for youth from sixth graders through high school seniors.
Application Alert
While the well-known Texas Youth Academy does not begin until next July 3 (through July 15), the application process is already underway. According to TAC Youth/Young Adult Ministries Director Eddie Erwin, this two-week summer experience for selected sophomore and junior high school students provides the environment to live in an intentional Christian community on the campus of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Notes Eddie, “Students will participate in an intensive encounter with Christian life that often strengthens their calling into ministry and boosts their confidence that God is shaping their future in radical and exciting ways.”  Each day includes worship, scripture, study, small groups, service projects, art, and communion. The students that are selected to attend will learn about the Christian faith with faculty members from various seminaries. They will practice this faith with other youth from across the state and a pair of dedicated adult mentors.
Registration is already underway for many of the 2017 events. “It is also important to note that the earlier that youth groups can get registered for the 2017 events, the more money they will save,” adds Eddie.
Hello 2017!
Coming soon this January are three distinctive youth events:
January 7-8:             Spark Youth Ministry Conference
January 9-12            School of Youth Ministry
January 14               Engage Youth Conference, Moody UMC Galveston 9am-9pm
February also holds exciting opportunities for youth across the conference.
February 3-5            Crunchtime Retreat for high school juniors and seniors
February 17-19        *Ignite Mid-winter (7th-12th grade) at Lakeview
February 24-26                                                                at Forest Glen
Students will be excited to learn that the Ignite Mid-Winter 2017 retreats will be themed, “CONVERSATIONS” and include interaction with Bishop Scott Jones.

The registration and fee information follows: 
The weekend cost is $115/participant registered (electronic registration, paper forms and payment) by January 20, 2017. Between January 21- February 3, the cost is $140/participant (availability pending). Contact Carmen Rickel for registration after February 3, 2017 at Need to contact the Camp Director for Mid-Winter 2017 at Lakeview? Email Aaron Dudley at  
Need to contact the Conference Director, Eddie Erwin? Email Eddie Erwin at
Youth Worker Information: Click Here
Ignite Mid-Winter Printable Flyer 2017: Click Here
Are you the local church rep and need to login to LCRS to manage your registrants? Click here

Church group payment by check for Mid-Winter should be made out to Texas Annual Conference and mailed to:
     Eddie Erwin
     United Methodist Service Center
     5215 Main Street
     Houston, TX 77002 

Or you can pay online through Lakeview's payment portal here.
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