The General Youth Council is made up of students and adults who are committed to youth ministry in their local congregations and regions. The purpose of the GYC is to give them opportunities to grow as future leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This is accomplished by having them in key planning roles for General Assembly and other International, National, Ecumenical, and Interfaith youth events. There may also be other opportunities as well for this group to grow in their leadership skills.

Applications being accepted to serve on the General Youth Council

If you are a youth who is interested in serving on the General Youth Council you may click here to download a PDF version of the application, or here to download a Word version of the application. If you are an adult who is interested in serving on the General Youth Council you may click here to download a PDF version of the application, or here to download a Word version of the application. Applications are being accepted from now through August 31, 2017 for terms beginning January 1st, 2018 and ending December 31st, 2019.

GYC Liaison Extended through July 2017!

Rev. Trayce StewartDisciples Home Missions is proud to welcome back the Rev. Trayce Stewart as the liaison to DHM for the General Youth Council.  The Rev. Stewart will be providing the GYC with leadership and also help with the planning for General Assembly 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Trayce is also guiding the GYC in planning for their upcoming Mid-Winter Retreat to be held over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend in January 2017.

Trayce Stewart is the new church pastor for Second Chance Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio. She has had the opportunity to serve the Christian Church in many ways including locally, regionally and nationally. In 2013 Trayce was the recipient of the Fred Craddock Award for Excellence in Preaching. In her free time she enjoys coaching track and field for the Worthington City School District and the summer team, Center City Champions, an outreach of Second Chance. Trayce is a fourth generation Disciple and graduate of Hiram College (BA) and Christian Theological Seminary (MDiv).

General Youth Council

GYC & YAC 2015 Members - at Gender Road CC, OhioThe General Youth Council helps to plan, implement, and evaluate the total general youth ministry program for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Membership -The General Youth Council will be composed of fifteen to seventeen persons (ten youth and four adults plus staff) elected to represent regions and constituencies. General staff persons in youth ministry will serve as advisers to the General Youth Council. Youth members will be eligible to serve their junior and senior years in high school. Elected members will serve for two years.

Selection Process – Any active youth or adult member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada can make application to serve on the General Youth Council. Applications may be obtained from the General or Regional or Constituency offices. Selection to the General Youth Council will be determined by the current electoral process of the General Youth Council. Elections are confirmed by the Board of Directors of the Division of Homeland Ministries. The General Youth Council will be representative of youth in the whole church through a balance in gender, racial/ethnic background, and geography.

Meetings -The General Youth Council will meet at least one time each year to conduct business.


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