2014 Young Women in Ministry

Join the Young Women in Ministry Thursday July 3rd for a One Day Power-Packed Empowerment Session. There will be two exciting components that will take place on that day. First, it is c alled "Platform;" young women who have books or cds will be given the opportunity to showcase their materials for a small donation of $25.00. Secondly, it is called "Let's Have Church;" this is a time where young women interested in speaking will give a 3 to 5 minute inspirational message. This session is open to ALL and ALL are welcomed to come. For more information contact [email protected] See you there!!!

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2014 Charisma Man

CharismaMen1The International Young Men of Valor launches “Charisma Man 2014.” Join us as we showcase the various gifts and talents that God has given our young men. The Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 1:6  encouraged the young Timothy to “Flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands” 

Youth Leaders, you may ask, "What could I do?" Well, we need your young men ages 13-21 to be involved in this event. They may have memorized a portion of Scripture, know all the names of famous African American inventors, some youth may be a Christian rapper, comedian, dancer, visual artist and have a skit they would like put on or a song they would like to sing. No matter what their talents are they can use to make “Charisma Man 2014” a spectacular event showcasing with charisma the gifts God has given them. This event is not a contest or competition but an opportunity to share your gift with your jurisdiction.

Elder Andre V. Castro,
International Young Men of Valor Coordinator

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2014 COGIC Girls Rock

COGICGirlsRockDon't miss this exciting time to be recognized in the "COGIC GIRLS ROCK" ceremony sponsored by Young Women of Excellence. Applications are now being accepted for all young ladies ages 13-21. Let the world know about your accomplishments in the following areas: Academics, Music, Fashion, Community Service, Sports, Arts, and Church Involvement. Don't forget to nominate your Bishops Wife to be recognize as a trailblazer and a COGIC Woman that ROCKS! We will see you at AIM 2014 in Kansas City, MO.

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IYD Summit 2014

Fresh ideas, cutting edge ministry, fresh vision, fresh anointing….

IYDEmpSummit-2k14These are just some of the words that describe the IYD Empowerment Summit. Each year the International Youth Department (IYD) of the Church Of God In Christ gathers to sharpen our skills, focus our aim, and develop strategy targeting today’s youth.  This summit offers valuable tools and insightful ministry for the youth worker in every category. Under the leadership of our IYD President, Dr. Benjamin Stephens III, and IYD Chairlady, Evangelist Joyce L. Rodgers, a phenomenal host of presenters will help you to expand your ministry as one of today’s Youth Leaders.  This year we're coming to Houston March 28-29, 2014!  Make plans now to be in attendance. 






IYD Youth Leadership Training – Leadership Conference 2014

LeadershipConferenceIYD Greetings IYD Family,

It is my prayer that you are walking in God’s favor in this new year God has blessed us to see.  Certainly, we are excited to be a part of the greatest department, the International Youth Department, in the greatest church, the Church Of God In Christ, Inc.  Without a doubt, it is my belief that God has tremendously blessed us.

As we look forward, I am excited to extend the forthcoming empowering opportunity to you.  On behalf of our IYD President, Pastor Benjamin Stephens, III and IYD Chairlady, Evangelist Joyce L. Rodgers, we cordially invite you to experience the Youth Leadership Training Institute at the 2014 COGIC Leadership Conference, Monday, January 20, 2014 in Dallas, TX.

Look forward to a magnificent time devoted to educating youth leaders and empowering our youth. Expect your ministry to be enlightened, enhanced and forever changed! Please join us as we focus on “Equipping a New Generation of Emerging Leaders”.  Let us go forth and make a difference in the Kingdom.  May God Bless you and we look forward to impacting our youth together.


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Administrator Paul Gatlin
Leadership Conference Committee
International Youth Department
Church Of God In Christ, Inc.

IYD Events – 106th Holy Convocation

We stand on the brink of what will be one of the greatest International Holy Convocation’s we have ever witnessed. The International Youth Department will play a great part in its success. I need all hands on deck. Please see the following listing of IYD Events during our International Holy Convocation:

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    Friday, November 8th @ 7pm-Youth Church-Room 131/132

  • Saturday, November 9th @ 9am-IYD Staff Meeting-Room 132
  • Saturday, November 9th @ 12noon-World Youth Day Celebration-Halls 4/5 
  • Saturday, November 9th @ 5pm-Youth Talent and Fashion Showcase-Halls 2/3 (We’re excited about this new event! This is a cooperative effort between the Youth Department and the vendors.) 
  • Sunday, November 10th @ 5:30 pm-YPWW Hour-America’s Center Dome 









President Stephens’ AIM Highlights

To the Greatest Youth and Young Adults of the Church of God in Christ,

IYD_CrestI greet you in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, our redeemer, liberator, Savior, and Lord. What can I say about AIM 2013, in Baltimore, Maryland? We had some crazy church and the Lord met us there and poured out His Spirit. I must admit I have not shouted and danced before the Lord like that in a long time. After the tremendous outpouring of the Holy Ghost the International Youth Department (IYD) had in Baltimore, it will never be the same. I would like to celebrate each and every one of you who sacrificed your time, resources, and energy to attend AIM 2013. It would not have been the same without you. Thank you for being on your best behavior, I did not receive not one (1) negative call or comment. Thank you for making my 1st annual AIM Convention as your International Youth President quite memorable and life changing. I am a better leader because of each of you.

Please join me in celebrating “The Giant Slayer”, our International Chairlady Joyce Rodgers who has been a true sister, asset, and support from my initial appointment to this present time. To my brothers; Vice President Derrick Hutchins, II, Vice President Nathaniel Green, and Vice President Micaiah Young, thank you for your dedication and faithfulness. To the Assistant Chairladies Felicia Sanders and Lawanne’ Grant, thank you for your prayerful commitment to the youth of our church. To the Executive Team and all Departmental Leaders, I could not have done it without you. Great job!

As we close one chapter and voyage to the next, I welcome each of you to celebrate with the Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and the International Youth Department as I am officially installed as your leader on September 13-14, 2013, in Kansas City, Missouri. I also hope that you will experience World Youth Day at your local church on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

And finally, IÂ’m looking to see each of you in St. Louis, Missouri at the Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation. Until we meet again, have a great school year and keep reaching for excellenceÂ…I love you!

P.S. AIM 2014 is in Kansas City, MissouriÂ….  Lord willing, IÂ’ll be here awaiting your arrival!

Your Servant in Ministry,

Dr. Benjamin Stephens, III
International Youth Department President

World Youth Day

Sound The Alarm, Spread the Good News!!!  September 29, 2013 is WORLD YOUTH DAY all across the World!!! For The Youth of the Church Of God In Christ!!!

WORLDYOUTHDAYThe purpose is for every local church to be on one accord-having youth church all across the nation!! Youth-in- Action, Youth on Display, Youth Sharing the Good News, Youth Praying, Youth Ministering in Song…Youth Greeters, Young Missionaries, Young Ministers, Jr. Deacons, Jr. Deaconess’, Sunshine Band Babies joining in on the Celebration!

Youth Pastors, Youth Leaders, Youth Overseers, let’s plan our programs, invite our family, friends, loved ones and communities to see what our youth are doing for Jesus Christ!!  We’re plugging into the Power Source and we’re READY!!! Let’s Go!!!!  

#IYD #WYD #9.29.13

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President Stephen’s Inaugural

IYDPRESINAUGURAL2013The International Youth Department is pleased to announce the “Elevation Celebration” our Leader,

Dr. Benjamin Stephens, III

to the ascension of International Youth Department President. This auspicious occasion will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 6:00 o’clock in the evening in the lovely city of Grand View, Missouri.



AIM IYD Highlights


The Spiritual Empowerment Commission was in full effect during AIM 2013!

IYD_CrestThe SEC helped to pave the road to Baltimore by hosting a time of prayer and consecration the entire month of June.  Spearheaded by the Intercessory Prayer group, the SEC held weekly prayer conference calls with participants spanning across the country. Prayer leaders included SEC director Elder Marcel Fears, Evangelist Chrysann Moore, Youth Church Coordinator Elder Paul Gatlin and Evangelist Shavonne Sellers. 

Dedicated to setting the atmosphere for the presence of God, the Intercessory Prayer group also opened the midday MY Convention worship services with powerful invocation Tuesday through Thursday, lead by Evangelist Charleane Gray and Elder Ryan Keyes.  

The SEC Altar Guild was also on post, helping to lead many young people to salvation, tarry for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and intercede on the behalf of countless others to be set free by the power of Jesus Christ. 

Our premiere event, The Gathering Place, returned in AIM 2013 with a week long, spirit infused, praise and worship experience attended hosted by Elder B. Alexander McCargo. Styled "106 & Praise," The Gathering Place gave opportunity for COGIC youth from across the country to minister in song, dance, spoken word and much more! 

We are grateful for the move of God, The SEC goes forward giving glory to God for the impact that was made in this season on a generation. 


Elder Marcel Fears
IYD Director of Spiritual Empowerment Commission





Women in Ministry AIM 2013 was Awesome and Refreshing! We began our time with an empowerment session of Biblical Truths and Practical Wisdom; then a group of anointed Feminine Warriors went forth sharing "powerful" 5 minute inspirational messages. We concluded our session in a HIGH PRAISE as attendees "danced" their way out the doors!


Evagelist Bridgette Wright
IYD Women In Ministry Team Member





During our sessions in AIM 2013 God truly moved on our behalf. On the first day was our meet and greet sessions, where we basically introduced MOW to AIM 2013. We then had the women meet and greet each other while we served light refreshments. At the end we had each one of the members of the executive staff of MOW introduce themselves and give their testimonies. At the end of the session we had the ladies write down questions that they wanted answered. On the second day, we had a panel discussion that was dynamic! The panelist addressed the questions that were presented the day before. We had Evangelist Deborah Golden, Evangelist Barbara Bryant, and Lady Stephanie Dillard as our panelist. The questions ranged from how to juggle life as a wife and mother and being in the ministry to how to deal with women pursuing our husbands in the ministry.  The women laughed, cried, released and shared. At the end of the session we had a prayer of victory, where the women stood and travailed in the spirit. Women were healed, delivered and set free right there in or session.

Our primary purpose is to bring to the forefront the issues that the women are going through and are afraid to either deal with or to afraid to ask the help on, because a lot of times we as women don't deal with our issues because we're to busy being wife, mommy, missionary, or just being a woman. In our sessions we let the women know that its ok to ask for help and we are here. We provided a venue for them to get godly advice, strength and encouragement from seasoned women of God. We let them know its natural to get tired, overwhelmed, and frustrated, but God is real and ready to lift them up where they fail. Next year we plan to have the panel discussion again and pampering session for the women. Real issues for real women!

We certainly do thank God, President Stephens, and Chairlady Rodgers for this awesome opportunity and we're looking forward to AIM 2014!

Lady Trina Golden
IYD Moms Of Warriors Coordinator