The National Youth Commission oversees all things youth ministry for USMB nationally including vision, networking, and developing. 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).
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 the title above to learn how to join for free!
National Youth Convention
The National Youth Convention (NYC) is a unique opportunity every four years for Mennonite Brethren high school students to gather from a wide variety of churches all across the U.S. This event is a creative mix of powerful worship music, exciting Bible study, interesting speakers, creative workshops and challenging ministry opportunities.
National youth gatherings are a significant part of the larger USMB vision. At similar events over the years, youth have been called to make first time commitments to Jesus and heard a call to full-time ministry. NYC has resulted in countless changed lives.
Read about the last National Youth Convention, Named 2015, which was held April 9-12 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo.
The next one will be spring 2019 (date & location will be announced fall 2017).
Read about other past NYC events.
Project: Serve is 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! Project: Serve can also assist in the video documentation process of the project. We might even take a film crew to the locations to collect stories of how youth are impacting their communities. We want these stories told and plan to share some of them at the National Youth Convention to celebrate those stories and challenging other youth to do the same in their communities. 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
PROGRAM BASICS. 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.