Update 05/15/20: We have been closely monitoring the continually changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis for the last several weeks. Top priority has been seeing to the health and safety of all involved. As such, the decsion has been made to cancel our July CTCYM experience. Please see the CTCYM home page for more information.
Update 04/20/2020: As the health and safety of our CTCYM participants, partners in mission, and homeowners is paramount, the June CTCYM experience in Arkansas has been canceled due to the evolving novel coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. Please see the announcement on the CTCYM home page for more information.
For CTCYM trips, adults are defined as 18 and over and one calendar year past high school graduation for Jr. High Trips, and 21 and over for Sr. High Trip and Combinations Trips. All adults must complete the 5 Steps of MinistrySafe through their local church. Two weeks prior to the trip, your church must submit the MinistrySafe Compliance for Central Texas Conference Sponsored Events to the CTCYM office.
Young Adults, ages 18-20, are not eligible to attend CTCYM Combination or Senior High trips. They may attend CTCYM Junior High trips. If your church is not participating in a Junior High trip, the young adult(s) are encouraged to contact the CTCYM office and request to be connected with a CTCYM Junior High Trip. Young Adults are invited to contact Claire Condrey at the Conference Service Center to learn about mission opportunities for Young Adults. 817-877-5222
For all trips, two adults are required for every five youth participating, to comply with the conference Abuse Prevention Policy, MinistrySafe.
First, as the Group Leader, you must register your group. Group Registration opens October 4, and closes December 13, 2019. Late registration (additional $50 per trip late fee) will be available only until midnight December 31, 2019. Click on the Group Registration button on the CTCYM Home page, www.ctcym.org, or, download the registration form from the Group Leaders page. The $100 registration fee is per trip, and is non-refundable.
CTCYM provides online registration for individual participants. They will register and pay through the CTCYM web site: www.ctcym.org. You will be notified on a bi-weekly basis as youth and adults from your church register. Once you have registered your group, you will receive detailed instructions for individuals to register online. Individual Registration opens on January 10, 2020. Click on the Individual Registration button on the CTCYM Home page. Group Leaders should register themselves as soon as possible so their contact information is in the database. Stress to your group the importance of registering early to qualify for a discounted rate.
If your church will be paying the registration fees for your participants, instruct them to select the "Pay by Check" option at Checkout. Checks should be made payable to "Central Texas Conference," not to "CTCYM." Our mailing address is 3200 E. Rosedale St., Ft. Worth, TX, 76105. Please visit the "Payments" page for more information.
Please note: paying $100 deposit for unregistered individuals will not "lock in" the Early Bird Rate. Fees are based on when the individual actually completes their online registration. Participants must be paid in full before their mission trip. Please visit "Payments" page for more information.
Please visit the 2020 Living Centers page to find out where your church group is headed!
CTCYM primarily focuses on repairing and rebuilding homes and small facilities weathered by age, poverty, or natural disaster, however, other projects will be undertaken as well, including working in food pantries or clothing distribution centers, assisting in nursing homes or childcare centers, or clearing brush and doing other yard work. Worksite coordinators & CTCYM contact local community agencies and church organizations to identify people in need. These people become CTCYM clients when we match their needs with our abilities. Clients include homeowners, churches, and local service organizations (e.g. daycares). Teams of approximately seven people will work together to complete the repairs and projects needed that week.
Typically, each team includes five youth and two adults. Each team must include at least two adults--therefore you are required to bring two Work Team adults for every five youth. These teams usually consist of a mixture of people from different churches, giving your youth and adults the chance to build relationships with fellow Christians. With the group leader input, teams are created by the Living Center Director. Worksite Coordinators will help supervise the work done by the work teams.
Participants will live for the week in a CTCYM Living Center set up in a local church, school or community center. You will learn the location of your Living Center in the Spring before the trip. Lodging will include space for groups to sleep divided by sex, a common dining room, and a place to worship together. Sleeping will usually be on the floor and require a cot or air mattress and bedding. Showers will be available each day; however, they may be at a different location from the Living Center.
Each Living Center has its own leadership team consisting of a Center Director, who has primary responsibility for the Center; a Program Coordinator, who plans worship and other activities; a Worksite Coordinator, who supervises and supports the work teams; and Cooks, who plan and prepare the meals. Depending on the size of the Living Center, each of these individuals may also have or more assistants.
Yes! Training will be provided for each position of the Leadership Team, including Group/Youth Leaders. Training is vital to your success as a leader in fully understanding the various responsibilities of each person and the resources available to you. Please see the Group Leader Training page for dates and locations.
Each group will provide transportation to and from your mission trip location.
During the trip, the vehicles you bring will be used to transport teams to and from the work sites. Each vehicle must accommodate seven passengers, a set of van tools and individual tools. CTCYM REQUIRES 15-PASSENGER VANS or large SUV's (Suburbans, Excursions, etc.) if vans unavailable. For more details, please see the Van Rental Information page.
Once you have registered, you will receive a complete list of what to bring – for both your group and each individual. In the meantime, plan to bring a first aid kit, a cleaning kit and a set of group tools. Individuals will bring their clothing, bedding, personal items and personal tools. For the detailed list for Individuals, please visit the Group Leaders page of this website.
CTCYM is always looking for good leadership. If you or one of your adult leaders has been on CTCYM at least one time, you may be eligible to serve in a leadership position. Contact Claire Condrey at the CTCYM Office for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-877-5222. Please note, all adults wishing to serve in Living Center Leadership are required to complete a Leadership Application in addition to their Individual Registration. The Leadership Application is found on the Center Leadership page of this website.
No. It is important for the entire group to be present from start to finish. The Living Centers have a short time to come together as a group. When individuals or groups arrive late or leave early, it slows this process and creates other obstacles. If you cannot arrive on time or need to leave early, please contact Claire Condrey for help in finding a more suitable mission opportunity.
To provide a safe experience for the youth, each Living Center abides by the Abuse Prevention Policy established by the Central Texas Conference. All adults must have completed the 5 Steps of MinistrySafe through their local church at least two weeks prior to the trip, at which time each church will provide a completed MinistrySafe Compliance for Central Texas Conference Sponsored Events form to the CTCYM office.
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