Student Ministries

What does the Rocky Mountain District offer to Youth Pastors and Youth Leaders?
We seek to provide resources and training to our district churches and their leaders through the following means:
Youth Leader Network Gatherings
The second Thursday of the month, youth leaders gather in person at Calvary Bible Church in Thornton. We share helpful tools, read God's Word, and have a chance to connect in groups to discuss ministry or life needs.

There is a similar online meeting the third Thursday of the month. Youth leaders from three states join in for support, training, and encouragement.
Youth Retreats
The district hosts 2 youth retreats every year. In the fall, a high school retreat is held at Crooked Creek Camp near Winter Park, CO. This is a weekend to worship God through His creation, music, the Bible, and relationships. It is a pivotal time to help high school ministries build strong relationships between students and leaders at the beginning of the year.

The middle school retreat "Wntr Wknd" occurs in February when we give middle schoolers an opportunity to follow Jesus and be His disciple who then makes disciples.
Resources for Youth Leaders
The district seeks to make churches aware of resources from EFCA National Office.
Prayer Support and Counsel
Any youth leader who needs prayer or counsel can reach out to the district for help. Many times, an outside perspective can be helpful.

Upcoming Events:

April 26-27 – Rocky Mountain District Annual Meeting at Faith Church in Fort Collins, CO
April 29 – ReachStudents Training Series: LGBTQ+ Issues (Chris Yuan)
May – High School Fall Retreat Information Packets Available
May 17 – ReachStudents Training Series: Creating a Welcoming Culture (April Warfield)
July 3-7 – Challenge Conference – Kansas City
November 9 -11 – EFCA Momentum Retreat – Large Youth Groups Over 100 Students Roundtable – Clearwater Beach, FL
November 11-14 – EFCA RENEWEL – Youth Ministry Leaders/Spouse Retreat – Clearwater Beach, FL

Helpful links:

Challenge Conference - July 3-7 in Kansas City
Challenge is the EFCA’s biennial national gathering for students entering 7th grade through completion of 12th grade. They are committed to helping you plant and water the gospel among the next generation. They want students to experience the joy of knowing Jesus and helping others do the same. Challenge blends aspects of a conference, a mission trip and camp to create a catalytic environment that moves beyond the mountaintop moment to building missional momentum within your group.

Apex Missions
Apex is the student missions program for the Evangelical Free Church of America. They exist to serve the local church by helping them mobilize the next generation of gospel influencers to take the gospel from here to everywhere. They do this by offering students—the most sendable and teachable part of our society—bite-sized missions opportunities. Students will be challenged by needs outside their bubble, equipped by long-term laborers, and impacted by the power of the gospel through a different cultural lens.

Resources — EFCA Helps

Carson Greenhaw

Student Ministries Consultant

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