RYM exists to reach youth for Christ and equip them to serve. For over 40 years we have fulfilled our mission by providing conferences for youth that are word driven, God centered and gospel focused. God has blessed RYM, growing us from our original one conference to now six conferences that are reaching and equipping students in the South, Southeast, West and Mid-Atlantic. We give all praise to God for the abundant grace He has extended to us, and the 4,000 students and youth leaders who attend our conferences.
However, we are only scratching the surface of what needs to be done for the sake of Christ’s kingdom through RYM. We have a growing burden that the youth culture of our cities and nation be transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a growing burden that the disintegrating family be restored by the gospel of Jesus Christ. How can we serve the church in extending His kingdom in these ways? Our plan of action focuses on three primary areas: conferences, training, and resources.
RYM conferences seek to reach the unbeliever for Christ and establish the believer in Christ through dynamic expository preaching, biblically faithful and relevant teaching, and effective small group interaction. In the midst of the attractions and idolatries that envelop our youth, they must have a passion for Christ! We love only because He first loved us. Therefore, we want to nourish their hearts and minds with the glory and goodness of God in Christ so that they can say with Paul, “the love of Christ constrains us.” As Christ captures the minds and hearts of these students, we want to see them grow in grace, embrace a biblical world and life view, be encouraged in Christian fellowship and service in and through the local church, and possess a growing zeal for evangelism and missions. We hold our conferences in places that are noted for their beautiful display of God’s wondrous creation so that students may be influenced by the two great books of God: the book of scripture and the book of nature. RYM conferences provide the opportunity for church youth groups to interact with one another in a beautiful, fun, learning environment that encourages unity, community, and depth of relationship with God and one another.
We currently provide the following youth conferences:
A. Middle School Texas – Allaso Ranch, Hawkins, TX
B. Middle School Florida – Laguna Beach Christian Retreat, Panama City Beach, FL
C. High School Colorado – YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
D. High School Florida #1 – Laguna Beach Christian Retreat, Panama City Beach, FL
E. High School Florida #2 – Laguna Beach Christian Retreat, Panama City Beach, FL
F. High School Mid-Atlantic – North Bay Adventure Camp, North East, MD
As we look to the future our plan is to expand our youth conferences in the following ways:
A. Continue to stabilize and grow our existing conferences.
B. Establish contacts in new regions for future RYM conferences with a goal of having an RYM youth conference in every region of the country.
C. Provide Mercy in Missions Projects in strategic cities in the United States.