How are you planning to spend your summer? As relaxing as it may be to chill at the pool or hang out with friends, what if you chose instead to make an eternal impact in the lives of kids right where you live?!
If you have a heart for ministry and want to team up with other students in Minnesota to reach children for Christ in your community, then CYIA is for YOU!
What is CYIA?
Christian Youth in Action® (CYIA™) is a short-term, summer ministry dedicated to the training and development of committed Christians who want to be equipped to reach children for Christ.
By completing the full training program (including a minimum of two weeks hands-on experience with children) you will be certified by CEF to teach children and minister effectively to your neighbors, friends and relatives.
Who can participate?
Anyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and is growing in your faith with a consistent walk with Him may apply. You must complete our application and be in agreement with our Statement of Faith.
Those 12 + can participate in our Assistant Missionary Training (one day)
Those 13 + can apply for the Summer Missionary Training (11 days)
CYIA training prepares you to teach 5-Day Clubs. These summer neighborhood Bible clubs are for children, one and a half hours a day for five consecutive days. Our summer missionaries (YOU) teach exciting Bible lessons and true-to-life missionary stories. Clubs also include memorizing verses, singing, and fun games. In a summer of teaching God's Word, you could:
- Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with boys and girls and see their lives changed
- Grow in skills of communication, teamwork, endurance, responsibility, and self-confidence
- See your faith and vision grow deeper
- Build new friendships that can last a lifetime
- Gain experience for ministry (service) in your own local church, school or vocation
What is involved?
TRAINING: You will receive individual and group instruction from some of the most exciting, enthusiastic, and godly leaders of CEF. These instructors will equip you to present the Gospel clearly on a child’s level, counsel a child for salvation and lead a dynamic club ministry for kids.
TEACHING: You will teach 5-Day Clubs in your local community for boys and girls ages 5 – 12. You and assigned your team of 2-3 summer missionaries will go to three club locations each week taking the light of the Gospel to these predominately unsaved and unchurched children.
Who puts on this program?
Child Evangelism Fellowship is the world's largest children's ministry reaching over 19 million children a year with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We've been around for 80 years and been taught by God a thing or two about children's ministry. You can learn more about CEF at our state website or our international website.
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Take Note of the Dates (all required)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Deadline is March 31st to apply. You can fill out our online application and submit it to us by this date. This application is in-depth; therefore you shouldn't wait until the day before the deadline to start your application.
The application process helps us to get to know you in order that we can take great care to accept students sincere about their faith and send those who are ready for the demands of missions service.
PRE-TRAINING ORIENTATIONS: Two times - Half day in April with your local area; Full day in May held in state-wide location
TRAINING: Christian Youth In Action state-wide training school in mid-June
TEACHING 5-DAY CLUBS: The real fun begins – 2-6 weeks of ministry reaching boys and girls with the Gospel in your own community along with other students from your area.
What is the cost for CYIA?
The cost for training school and materials is about $525.
Your local area will aid you in raising support as a missionary both for prayer and financial needs.
Where is the training held?
The CYIA training is held in mid-June at Camp J.I.M. located near Brainerd. This facility is well suited for individualized instruction and group learning. Excellent opportunities for sports and recreation are part of the 11-day training event.
I'm Ready! - What are the steps to become a CYIA summer missionary?
PRAYER. Ask God for His wisdom and guidance about this major decision. Don't take this lightly. This is a major commitment - to God. Like God's Word says, you need to count the cost.
APPLICATION. Fill out everything online including a couple of references. Submitting the completed application before the application deadline.
INTERVIEW. You'll go through an interview process and may have a few other things that your local CEF office will cover with you.
I need a summer job. How can I do both?
Well, you may not be able to do both. You should first carefully pray about this decision and be sure this is God's Will for your summer. If you feel sure it is then don't let anything stop you from obeying - even if it seems impossible.
You also can receive a salary for being in this summer missions program. Contact your local CEF office for details on receiving a salary while working in missions this summer.
I'm going on a missions trip with my church. Can I do both?
That depends. You should contact your local CEF and speak with a representative who could assist you. Normally, arrangements can be made but a clearer answer would come from your local CEF.
What about family vacations?
Family vacations are considered during your missionary service. Speak with your local CEF representative about your request. Just don't spring it on them two weeks before you plan to go. There is a LOT of planning that goes into the summer missions program and missing you suddenly can be a real problem.
Can my friend come with me and be a summer missionary also?
That would be great! Of course, just like you, your friend will need to count the cost of a full summer of service and fill out an application. Then, pray for one another, seeking only that God's Will be done for both of your lives.