youth ministry in mission west

Welcome to the youth ministry section of the Mission West web site.  Below you will find a  photo gallery of previous events, information on current and upcoming events as well as a link to register for retreats, rally's, and camp. You can find helpful resources for children and youth in the resource section of the website.

  • Summer Camp registration

* June 9-11, 2017 Grand Beginnings at Ceta Glen

$110.00 per person, click on registration link below:

* June 12-17, 2017 Chi-Rho/CYF Camp at LBCR

$380.00 per person, click on registration link below:

* June 25-29, 2017 JYF Camp at LBCR

$330.00 per person, click on registration link below:

* July 24-29, 2017 CYLS at Disciples Oaks

$390.00 per person, click on registration link below:

Important: Health forms MUST be complete before the camper arrives at camp. This is for the safety of the camper and expedites medical treatment in the case of an emergency. 

Payment: Mission West will invoice your congregation for all of the participants who successfully registered by the deadline. Invoices will be sent to congregations before the event and after the event has concluded. Please include a copy of your invoice with your check. 
Please make checks payable to Mission West.

  • Camp Information

    Download the cover letter

    Download the blank flyer to fill in with your congregations deadlines and costs.

  • Each person volunteering as a sponsor or steward must have 3 reference forms on file in the office.  One of those references must be a pastor/youth pastor/ youth worker/elder from your congregation.  References must not be related to the applicant in any way.

    Download the reference form and email to when completed. 

  • Background check are required annually by the state of Texas.  

    Please check with the Mission West office to see if you have a background check within the last year.  

    If your congregation has run a background check on you in the past year and it is clear, we may use that instead of running another one.  Please have your office administrator send the "all clear" page to our office at so we  and the campgrounds may have it on file.

    Download the Background Check form

  • Flyer for Grand Beginnings/Family Camp

    Download the jpg flyer to give to campers from 4 years old to just completed the 3rd Grade and their accompanying adult

    Grand Beginnings Camp
    June 9-11
    Ceta Glen


  • Flyer for Chi Rho and CYF Camp

    Download the jpg flyer to give to campers who just completed the 6th to 12th Grades

    Chi Rho/CYF Summer Camp
    June 12-17
    Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat

    Mission West Flyer Chi-Rho & CYF

  • Flyer for JYF at LBCR

    Download the jpg flyer to give to campers attending  JYF camp at Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Center who have completed the 3rd to 5th grade.

    JYF Summer Camp
    June 25-29
    Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat


  • Just Say Know / 8ers

    Eighter’s Youth Conference – June 25-July 1 (Grade 8)

  • CYLS (Christian Youth Leadership Seminar)

    July 24-29, 2017

    ·         24-29 (Mon--Sat) - Christian Youth Leadership Seminar (CYLS) at Disciple Oaks Camp and Retreat in Gonzales

    Click here for flyer

    This camp is for the 2017-2018 Area Officers of the MYC, Mission West Youth Council. Please make if you have a youth that is a part of this council they register for the camp by June 15.


Various scholarships are available for students and churches who may need financial assistance to attend camps.  Please fill out the form and provide as much information as possible.  The Associate Area Minister, Director of the event, your pastor, and scholarship entity will review your application and contact you.  Please apply for scholarships as soon as possible.

Scholarship request form

area officers for the mission west ministry youth council (myc)

Applications are currently being accepted for Area Officers (AO's) for the Mission West Ministry Youth Council for the 2017 - 2018 camping season.  Applicants must be a sophmore, junior or senior starting in the fall of 2017 and have attended a Central Area or Hi Plains & Tres Rio CYF Conference Summer Camp in its entirety prior to his/her election OR attend the 2017 Mission West Summer camp.  

Download the Mission West Ministry Youth Council (MYC) Application.


  • Applications are Due to TJ York or Heather Reed by Friday, February 24, 2017.  
  • MAIL ALL MATERIALS (postmarked by Friday February 24, 2017 or bring to MidWinter Rally) TO:


    Rev. T.J York

    First Christian Church

    1301 W. Louisiana

    Midland, Texas 79701


    Rev. Heather Reed

    First Christian Church

    3001 Wolflin Ave

    Amarillo, TX 79109


    If you have any questions regarding the nomination procedure or the meeting of the Nominating Committee, please feel free to contact us at the number listed below, or by email.


    May God richly bless you as you prayerfully consider your service to God’s church in the Mission West, Disciples of Christ.


    Grace and peace,



    Rev. T.J. York

    Associate Minister, FCC Midland

    432-703-1088 (cell)

    432-682-2541 (office)



    Rev. Heather Reed

    Associate Minister, FCC Amarillo

    806-433-5568 (cell)

    806-355-6526 (office)


mission west youth meetings

Mission West Youth Meetings are open to everyone who wants to attend to foster transparency and open lines of communication. It is required of each camp director, area youth council moderators, and outdoor committee chairs. Below you will find the history of how we are coming together as Mission West.

Download the updated 2016 version of Mission West Best Practices for Outdoor Ministry. 2015 Best Practices for Outdoor & Youth Ministries for MW is stored here for transparency purposes.  These policies are reviewed annually at the January meeting of the Outdoor Ministry leaders of Mission West.  

We hope you will join us in these discussions, evaluations, and dreaming of how God is calling us to outdoor and youth ministries in Mission West. Register Here!

Up coming Meetings

September 17, 2016 . We will begin at 9 am at Westmont Christian Church, 4808 Utica Ave., Lubbock, TX 79414 and plan to be finished no later than 3 pm.

Previous Meetings and Notes

January 22-23, 2016 from 9 pm on Friday Night to Saturday late afternoon at Ceta Canyon in Ceta Lodge to evaluate the last retreat/rally and continue to plan for 2016 for Mission West as well as Tres Rios, Hi Plains, and Central Areas events and discuss details about camping ministry. 

September 11-12, 2015 from 9 pm CST on Friday Night to Saturday late afternoon at Ceta Canyon in Ceta Lodge to evaluate 2014-2015 camps and rallies and plan for 2015-2016 for the Tres Rios, Hi Plains, and Central Areas. Download the Meeting Agenda. Download the Report given to Mission West Common Mission Board on 8/20/2015. Download the Meeting Notes

January 10, 2015 from 10:30 am to 2pm at FCC Lubbock 2323 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401. The new Directors Manual was reviewed and house keeping for the 2015 camping season will took place. MW Youth Meeting Notes 01102015

August 23, 2015 from 10 am to 2pm Westmont Christian Church, 4808 Utica Avenue, Lubbock, Tx 79414. Decision making and calendar setting for Area & Mission West camps for Fall 2014 and 2015. Area Committee’s and Sub Committee’s should meet before this date to have recommendations to bring to the Mission West Youth committee. MW Youth Meeting Notes 08232014.

May 10, 2014 from 10 am to 2pm Mission West Office, 2717 Stanley, Ste. A, Amarillo, TX 79109. Presentation of camps from other Region’s and other Denominations for Area Committee’s & Mission West Youth to Consider for 2015 and beyond.

Report from Conversation about the Future of Camping in Mission West Released 10/9/2013

On Saturday, October 5, 2013 leaders from the Hi-Plains, Tres Rios and Central Areas youth and outdoor ministry committees met for relationship building and a discussion of how God is calling us to engage in outdoor ministry for the years to come. We spent time sharing stories of how we came to love camping ministries, what we thought the purpose was in outdoor ministry and made sure our concerns would be addressed in this time together. We also discussed what we can improve upon and what we do well. There were also different types of camp models shared to take back to our areas to discuss what most interests our areas and what we can do better together.... Read more

“Positive Possibilities for Mission West Camps & Retreats” by Don Wilson

“Mission West” is an adventure in ministry shared between the Central, Hi Plains and Tres Rios Areas of the Christian Church in the Southwest. To be more accurate, “Mission West” will be a collaboration of sharing and support among the congregations who minister in these three Areas... Read more

mission west youth ministry council july 2016- july 2017

Mission West is proud to present the Mission West Ministry Youth Council serving for the 2016-2017 term of service from July 2016 to July 2017.  


Student Leaders:

1.       Albert Alaniz,                 Brownfield        FCC

2.       Mason Brock                Lubbock           Westmont CC

3.       Charlye Campbell,          Midland            FCC

4.       Ryanne Campbell,         Amarillo            FCC

5.       Ariha Hernandez,           Spearman         FCC

6.       Shaina Lizzio,                San Angelo       Community Hills-          

7.       Collin McCullough         Midland                        FCC

8.       Jordan McIntosh           San Angelo       Community Hills CC

9.       Ally Robinett,                Lubbock           Westmont CC                           

a.       Incoming HPA Regional Representative

10.   Brendyn Rodriquez,       Brownfield        FCC

11.   Elias Sanchez,              San Angelo       FCC

12.   Delany Walsh,               Midland                        FCC

13.   Wyatt Waters,               San Angelo       FCC

14.   James Watson,                         Abilene             FCC                               

a.       Incoming Central Regional Representative

15.   Braden Vines,               Midland                        FCC

The Tres Rios Regional Representative student representative and adult representative are still TBD.  Applicants are asked to submit and essay to Heather Reed & TJ York by XXX to apply. 

 Adult Leaders:

1.       Brazos Condra,             Abilene             FCC                                         

a.       CEA Regional Representative

2.       Hannah Fish,                 San Angelo       FCC  

3.       Laura Pittinger,              Midland            FCC  

4.       Heather Reed,               Amarillo           FCC                                         

a.       HPA Regional Representative

5.       Randa Reeves,              Brownfield        FCC  

6.       Muffy Watson               Abilene             FCC

7.       TJ York                         Midland           FCC  

Please be in prayer for these leaders during CYLS and throughout the year.  In their planning for retreats and camps, in their ability to work together to be God's loveand light in their churches, schools, and communities.

Did you know? 

Previously these teams and councils were called YMT (Youth Ministry Team) AYC (Area Youth Council) AO's (Area Officers).  Last summer in 2015 at the Christian Youth leadership Seminar the student leaders voted to call themselves the Mission West  Ministry Youth Council because their focus is on Ministering to the youth of Mission West.

Many thanks to our out going Ministry Youth Council representatives.

Out Going Regional Representatives:

  • Scotty Simmons, FCC Amarillo; Entering the army as a Chaplin's Assistant
  • Olivia Tyler, FCC Pampa; Seeking Occupational Therapy certification & marriage to Chanceton Roberts
  • Jordan Waters, FCC San Angelo; Attending Texas Christian University
  • Rev. Karakay S Kovaly - rolling off after serving 8 years in this ministry and moving to another call.


Out Going MYC's

  • John Espino
  • Emily Usry
  • Rev. Ben Hubert - rolling off after serving this ministry


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