USMBYouth is the newly formed National Youth Commission of the U.S. Mennonite Brethren Conference (USMB) and serves as the national youth ministry leadership team. The primary function of USMBYouth is to support MB youth workers and their ministries as they disciple students in the context of the local church. The commission is formed of various people who have a passion for youth in a wide range of locations and positions. We focus on three main areas: the youth worker (National Youth Worker Network), the youth (National Youth Convention), and impact opportunities (Project: Serve). Visit the USMB Youth website for more information.
This is a group of likeminded, passionate youth workers across the U.S. Either full time, part time, or even volunteer! Our values are to connect, develop and resource youth workers. Connecting by building a community of passionate youth workers who share each other’s burdens and feel inspired to keep going. Developing by providing relevant training and coaching for personal and leadership growth. And finally resourcing by offering helpful resources, tools, and curriculum on a wide variety of topics. Click here to learn how to join for free!
The National Youth Convention, now named YouthCon, is a once-every-four-years event for Sr. High Students of the U.S. Mennonite Brethren churches. It’s four days of connecting, worshipping, learning and experiencing. It’s fun, challenging, relaxing, exhilarating, exhausting and exciting. It is the largest gathering of USMB students in the country and it’s been happening since 1975. YouthCon has, historically, been a life transforming event, during each past YouthCon, students have taken opportunities to begin relationships with Jesus, go deeper in Christian faith and make commitments to ministry and service.
The next YouthCon will be April 3-7, 2019 at the Glorietta Camps in Glorietta, New Mexico.
The mission of Project: Serve is to encourage students to create local service project/campaigns that get students invested in their communities, churches, and cities. These projects are designed to encourage and assist students or youth ministries to make a positive impact in their local communities for Jesus Christ. A group or individual may go online to submit an idea they have for a project and apply for funds. Project: Serve can then, if approved, help provide funds or other resources to assist with the project. Our desire is to remove as many hurdles as we can in order for entrepreneurs to make an impact for Jesus Christ! Click the title above to learn more.
Other Opportunities and Partners
Youth interested in exploring God’s call in their lives and are encouraged to keep expanding their faith and leadership skills with these partners:
Faith Front is Tabor College’s youth leadership program. It’s about partnering with the local church to cultivate a culture of calling and provide a way for you to call and discern leaders for the next generation
Faith Front is designed to encourage Mennonite Brethren and other Christian youth (ages 14-19) to develop the competencies crucial for ministry leadership with special emphasis on pastoral ministry and other church vocations.
- Explore: Created as workshop or retreat formats, these seminars are designed to help local churches cultivate a culture of calling.
- Elevate: These weekend retreats, held each semester on Tabor’s campus are designed to help students understand what it means to think theologically as Christian leaders in our current global context. Thirty spots are available at each retreat.
- Encounter: This summer retreat is be a mobile lab to help participants engage their culture by interacting with a variety of global issues that call for Christian action. Our hope is to capture the imagination of the best and brightest student leaders who demonstrate a commitment to ministry, a capacity for leadership and a curiosity for innovative theological thinking. Thirty spots are available for this retreat.
Young adults looking for opportunities to be involved, serve and experience what God is doing all over the globe are invited to participate in a number of short-term cross-cultural ministry options provided by MB Mission. Learn more by visiting the websites for SOAR, a 10-day experience in a North American city for people of all ages; ACTION, a one-month adventure in an international setting open to individuals and couples over the age of 17; and TREK, a months-long discipleship-in-mission opportunity that includes an international assignment for young adults over the age of 20 and families.