State Youth Convention

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

Our event was held November 22-24, 2019

Dear Leaders,

State Youth Convention, a favorite time of the year for many, is so close! The 2019 weekend is full of amazing plans! Our theme for SYC 2019 is “EXPOSED”, and we will be looking at 2 Corinthians 12:9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. We look forward to seeing you and your group in Grand Rapids at the beautiful Amway Grand Plaza.

Reverend Leo Robinson, a requested favorite, is our weekend speaker. Leo will bring the Word to us with power and energy! Joe Guerra and friends will guide us in worship and praise during the weekend. Many will excitedly remember Joe from being with us this past Winter Retreat. Saturday, we will be returning to 3 Mile Project for lunch (included in the registration price), and an awesome afternoon of recreation. As we get closer to the date, there will be more surprises to reveal!

It's very important to read ALL information concerning the convention, hotel registration, parking, and meals because there are many details. Download the poster and schedule. Convention Registration Price per Person: Early Bird price- $65 through Oct. 11 ($40 deposit an $25 due at convention); Regular- $75 October 12 through October 30 ($50 deposit an $25 due at convention). All registrants’ deposits are non-refundable and cannot be applied to the groups’ balance due at the convention.

Youth Convention Task Force

  • Leo Robinson II

    Reverend Leo Robinson II

    By using comedy and life illustrations, Leo travels across the country speaking the same language as today’s youth. After attending Central Michigan University, where he earned a Bachelor Of Science in Community Development, Leo was called to serve as Youth and Young Adult Pastor of the Fire Movement Student Ministries out of Holbrook Ave Church of God in Flint, Michigan. Even though Flint has been named one of the most violent cities in the country, Leo feels that there is no better time and place to be a missionary in this so-called dying city. He believes ministry starts at home, while he and his wife “Mio” make it a priority to lead their family of four in confidence according to God’s plan.

  • Joe Guerra

    Joe Guerra

    Meet Joe Guerra; a song writer, worship leader, and entertainer with a passion for using music to inspire others. Over the past few years Joe has shared his music with countless individuals across the globe at concerts, camps, and festivals. Four EP releases make up Joe Guerra’s discography; the most recent being “Reason to Breathe” produced by Jake Rye of the billboard charting band Sanctus Real. “I love the opportunity to share my music with others” says Joe “I feel as though every time I do its a chance to celebrate stories of life with all of its ups and downs”. Joe’s new project does just that, providing uplifting songs intended to inspire listeners to live a life of purpose. If you’ve got the breathe of life in you its for a reason, you have a reason to breathe! Joe would love to bring an entertaining and impactful experience to your event and is available for booking solo, as a duo, full band, or as speaker/musician combo.

    Get to know Joe!


  • 3 Mile Project

    The 3 Mile Project opened its doors in November of 2010 and exists for the purpose of providing a safe and loving place where young people can be encouraged in their physical, emotional, and spiritual development. Envisioned as an exciting and positive setting where students can invest time and build community, the founders of the 3 Mile Project set out to create an environment in which they could reflect God’s love without their visitors feeling pressured or intimidated. The result is a 34,000 square foot former warehouse that now contains sports courts, theaters, a skate park, a ninja course, video games, table games, and a cafe.

Any Questions? Contact Connie Graham, Youth Ministry Director
Email or call (989) 835-9262


2019 SYC Convention Schedule

Friday - November 22

4:00-7:30 p.m.

Hotel Registration- Main Lobby, Amway Grand Plaza
Convention Registration- Hall by Vandenburg Room

7:30 p.m.

Counselor Meeting- Governor’s Ballroom

8:00 p.m.

Session 1- Vandenburg Room

9:30 p.m.

Small Group Time

10:00-11:00 p.m.

Late Night Venue – Vandenburg Room

11:00 p.m.

Group Devotions- on your own and all in rooms (Observe the hotel’s quiet hours)

Saturday - November 23

Breakfast - on your own

9:00 a.m.

Doors open for session

9:30 a.m.

Session 2- Worship- Vandenburg Room

10:15 a.m.

Personal Application Time

11:00 a.m.

Small Group Time

11:30 a.m.

Crowd Source Games

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Recreation at- 3 Mile Project with lunch provided

Free Time - Dinner on Your Own

8:00 p.m.

Session 3- Vandenburg Room; Communion and Group Debriefing

11:00 p.m.

All in rooms; Observe the hotel’s quiet hours

Sunday - November 24

Breakfast - on your own

Hotel Checkout

9:30 a.m.

Doors open for session

10:00 a.m.

Session 4- Vandenburg Room