The Youth Department is continually looking for new ways to communicate the love of Christ to the youth who live within the boundaries of the Northern California Conference.
The Senior Youth Ministry focuses on church youth in high school, home school, and church school.
- In 2015, a mentoring program was created—utilizing the talents of youth pastors, along with the youth and children’s ministry departments—to teach local youth leaders how to develop and lead successful youth ministry programs in their churches. The youth department and local youth pastors are excited about the opportunity to share their knowledge and ideas with local churches that have limited access to youth ministry resources.
- In the fall each year, we host a Junior/Senior Student Retreat at Leoni Meadows with general sessions of preaching, music, drama, and inspiration. Leoni Meadows provides an excellent location for young people to experience God in nature.
- Each winter we host a conference-wide, one-day youth event called FUSION. The January 2016 event, held at both Skyline High School and Golden Gate Academy, was co-sponsored by Maranatha Volunteers International. On Sabbath morning, the kids were inspired by stories of young people impacting their world by being involved in the spreading of the gospel through preaching, teaching, and community service. On Sabbath afternoon the kids went door-to-door in Oakland, conducting a felt-needs survey. On Saturday night, attendees gathered at Golden Gate Academy for an evening of games and social interaction. Sunday morning found the participants painting, doing repairs, and cleaning in multiple locations around Oakland.
- Winter is also the time for Freshman/Sophomore Student Retreat weekend at Leoni Meadows, a time of fellowship and inspiration. Small groups, outdoor activities, and Bible study are highlights of this event.
- The Youth Department mentors and evaluates more than a dozen youth pastors serving in the Northern California Conference.
- The department is very involved in youth ministry in the Pacific Union.
- More than 800 Pathfinders and staff from Northern California attended the “Forever Faithful” International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2014. This event was an amazing opportunity for the NCC kids to get to know people from all over the world, complete honors, try new activities, travel across the nation, and be inspired by the story of Daniel.
- In 2015 NCC Pathfinders and other members of the conference went to the Dominican Republic to build a church, conduct Vacation Bible School programs, and provide medical and dental services for the local residents.
- Each September about 300 Pathfinder leaders gather at Leoni Meadows for the annual Pathfinder Leadership Convention.
- Our fall Pathfinder Camporee is usually held at Lake Mendocino; however, in 2014 and 2015, our Camporee was held at the Redwood Area Campgrounds. This location provided us the opportunity to meet in the redwoods, provide community service in the local communities, and do some painting and cleanup.
- Events especially for teen Pathfinders during the year include caving at Lava Beds National Monument and rock climbing in Yosemite National Park.
- The annual spring NCC Bike-a-thon at Metro Air Park in Natomas is a major source of fundraising.
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