We hope that you are thinking about attending YouthQuest 2010. Details will be featured soon on our new web site. For now, here are some broad details to get you thinking and planning for YQ 2010.
WHERE: Sheraton Centre, Toronto Ontario, Canada.
WHO: High school students and leaders who are part of the Brethren In Christ denomination.
WHAT: You will experience a variety of main sessions with speakers and bands. There will also be a list of seminars to challenge students in their walk with Jesus. The hotel offers an indoor/outdoor pool with hot tub for some on-site fun. Also, the hotel is located in an area of downtown Toronto that offers access to visiting a multitude of sites. Plus, the hotel is right across the road from Nathan Philips Square (Toronto City Hall) where you can skate at one of the coolest outdoor skating rinks any city offers.
WHY: YouthQuest gives you an opportunity to connect with BIC students and leaders from all over North America, be influenced by some of our finest leaders in the Brethren In Christ and be inspired to live for Jesus in all aspects of your life. YQ definitely draws many of our top notch students who are taking leadership seriously in their youth ministries and communities. This event gives those students time to meet leaders and be challenged by their example.
SOME CONFIRMED GUESTS: Back by popular demand is the Freddie Colloca Band, one of the most incredible worship bands for youth, and Lost And Found, who have become a regular feature at YouthQuest. Also, we are pleased to announce that Tony Campolo will be featured in two of our main sessions along with Colin McCartney who leads Urban Promise Toronto, one of the ministries Tony started. Along with this incredible speaking lineup, we will feature a wide variety of seminars by BIC leaders from across North America.
COST: Early Bird Rate of $300 - This includes 3 nights accommodations in one of the finest hotels in Toronto, supper meals with the whole group, out-trips into the city and access to all program sessions, seminars, activities and bands. Breakfast and lunch is your responsibility, but with food courts directly below the hotel and being only minutes from many food options we think you will love the chance to get out and see the city.
If you have never attended YouthQuest...this is the year to give it a try.
Lost And Found was certainly one of the many highlights from YouthQuest 2008. There hit song "Slide Girl" is always a crowd favorite and George & Michael recorded both versions of the song played from the main stage and from the cafe. Listen and download the tracks here:
Since its inception in 1978, YouthQuest, the Brethren in Christ Youth Conference, has grown to be a core event for students across North America. Over the years, the conference has drawn students from regions like California all to way to Alberta. Starting at French Lick, Indiana with an approximate attendance of 400, the event was eventually moved to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The Tamiment Resort served us well until 1999, when, with an attendance of 815, we stretched the facility beyond its comfortable capacity. Knowing that we needed to find a new facility for 2002, the YQ planning team changed the venue to the Sheraton Parkway Hotel & Convention Center in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Our desire was to allow YQ to grow numerically and also give students the opportunity to see the many diverse places where our BIC churches are located. In the back of our minds, some of us dared to dream that we might reach 1000 registrants. So, you can imagine how excited we were when we not only exceeded our goal of 900, but also exceeded our dream goal in 2002. Our most recent YQ 2006 in Niagara Falls, Ontario was an awesome experience and the event continues to grow and change.
Taking feedback from church leaders and denominational staff, we struck out on a new direction to make YQ a biennial event. The desire to meet together more regularly was strongly felt throughout the planning team and the General Conference. So, starting 2004, we meet on a biennial schedule for YouthQuest. This has helped YQ stay a more regular part of a church’s schedule and give students an opportunity to attend YQ twice in their high school career
1. Does the location of YQ change each time?
Yes. As of 2002, YQ moves to different cities in either Canada or the United States. 2. What age group can attend YQ?
All students in high school are welcome to come to YQ. 3. Who plans YQ?
A consistent group of 4 directors along with representatives from every conference plan YQ. New
conference representatives join the planning team each YouthQuest. 4. Is YQ just for Christian youth?
No! Many groups bring students who are at different stages of spiritual development. The program definitely targets Christians but YQ always has students make first time commitments to Christ and has been inspirational and challenging to new believers. 5. Are there discounts for groups who have to travel extremely far? Yes! Each student/leader receives a $100 discount if they have to travel more than 1500 miles (one way). 6. What does YQ have to offer my leadership students? YQ offers a specific seminars for student leaders to receive training and resourcing on leadership. Also, there are places where leaders can get involved in discussion groups or display their talent on stage. Students will have a unique opportunity to hang out with our Bishops, Pastors and Youth Leaders from all over North America. 7. Will my students get a chance to see the city where YQ is held?
Yes! Each student will have the opportunity to choose an off-site trip that allows them to see or experience a part of the city. 8. Is YQ a good deal for the money?
Yes! YQ does appear to be more expensive than most retreats you take your students to. However, if you take into account that the registration cost covers...3 nights in a 5 star hotel, breakfast and supper each day, the full program including off-site trips and experiences...it really is quite a deal!