A group of youth workers who volunteer to thrust forth the vision of Alliance Youth in the community of Western Pennsylvania and partner together to increase and enhance ministry to the students of Western Pennsylvania.
Steve Chaple, Youth Pastor at Warren Alliance Church, is currently the head of the District Youth Commission. The DYC typically meets quarterly for face-to-face meetings to pray, plan, promote, and evaluate.
Ministry to WPA Youth Workers
We are better together! Our vision is to see our district youth workers building community and working together. We, as a team, want to pour into youth workers (paid and volunteer, lead and support) and be a resource. Here are some things we are doing to accomplish that:
Regional Connections: We have divided our district into several regions that each of the DYC members care for. it is out goal to build relationships with each lead youth worker and be available to help them walk through ministry. DYC Regional Map.
Entice: A one-day gathering (every other year) of District youth workers for worship, fellowship and training. Generally, we have hosted this in conjunction with District Conference so as to maximize the number of youth workers able to attend. Keep an eye out for Entice 2020 as we are aiming to adjust the schedule to encourage our volunteer youth workers to come as well.
Ministry Workout: An every other year large-scale comprehensive District training event in which a designated slot is given for a youth ministry trainer to be present. Next MW is the fall of 2020.
Engage: A gathering of Alliance Youth District Point People with the Director of Alliance Youth to ingest vision to carry back to District youth workers for regurgitation and implementation. The WPA District has historically sent the DYC chairperson and other members of the DYC to this event.
• "WPA District Alliance Youth Ministry Leaders" Facebook Page: A space to connect with other WPA youth workers, network, and hear about WPA District events that are approaching, Have a question? Want to share a struggle or celebrate a win? Want to collaborate with others near you? This is the place to do that.
• Email and Instagram: The DYC has also created an email and Instagram account for anyone who has district youth questions; email WPAAllianceYouth@gmail.com and Instagram @WPAAllianceYouth.
• David and Jonathan Bonds: The vision of the DYC is to build comradery that goes beyond simply knowing the faces and names of our District youth workers to deeply connecting and supporting each other as we see in the friendship shared by David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel. The characteristics we desire to exist are deep bonds (1 Samuel 18:1-4), advocates (1 Samuel 19:1-7), selflessness/ humility/transparency, accountability (1 Samuel 20:13-17), trust (1 Samuel 20:41-42), and concern for the spiritual depth and growth of one another (1Samuel 12:15-18). We trust that these connections will be made organically and strengthened through regional connections so that every youth worker would have holistic support as they seek to minister in the name of Jesus.
Ministry to WPA Students
Breakaway: A spring retreat designed for high school students in grades 9-12, to come away from their normal routine to meet with God and grow in their walk with Him. Breakaway 2020 is scheduled for April 24-26 at Beulah Beach Camp in Vermilion, OH. Breakaway 2019 Recap
Jolt Retreat: A fall retreat designed for middle school students in grades 6-8, to experience God together and be challenged to walk in greater intimacy with Him. JOLT 2019 will be held October 25-27 at Laurelville Camp, Mt Pleasant, PA.
LIFE Conference: A triennial national Alliance Youth Conference designed to expose our students to the heart of God and their place in His story, the vision and work of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, and the force that they can be for the Kingdom of God as they are obedient to Him. Our role from a DYC perspective is to make our churches aware of the conference and historically we have lined up District buses to transport churches together in a cost effective manner. The next Life Conference will be held in 2022. LIFE 2019 RECAP
Enter: A local mission project designed for middle school students that exposes them to the need around them (locally) and around the world (globally) and gives them opportunity to plug in and make an impact. It is being developed by the Alliance Youth office.