President Benjamin Stephens

World Youth Day 2016

We're living in a time where our young people are facing an attack from the enemy like no other. They are facing lifestyles and practices that are out of alignment with the word of God.  However, the Church Of God In Christ International Youth Department is declaring victory in the lives of our youth. The enemy will not have his way in our families, in our communities, in our schools, or in our churches. So please join us, Sunday, September 25, all over the world as we celebrate World Youth Day. COGIC Youth Departments all over the world will be using this day to declare victory over our young people.

Let's prepare our youth for the FIGHT OF THEIR LIVES!


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:

  • IYD-Covocation 2013
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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