Winter Youth Retreat 2017

Theme – Get in the Game

Who goes out for a sport with their goal of sitting on the bench? As Christians our goal should be to run the race God has for us! We should strive to Get in the Game, not sit on the sidelines observing.

Or, if you were given unlimited free tickets to a sporting event or concert, would you put those tickets in a drawer and never use them or invite friends to the game? No, we would call every friend and family member and say, “I have tickets to the game (or concert)! It’s free! Do you want to go?”

We have been given the “free ticket” to the ultimate game - Eternal Life! The crazy thing is, we also know we can invite anyone we choose to the "Big Game" and they can go for free.
However, we too often tuck those tickets away, because fear of rejection or embarrassment keep us from asking others to go to the game. This year’s Winter Youth Retreat will focus on evangelism. Whether directly sharing your faith or through lifestyle evangelism, it’s time to be unashamed of the Gospel and do what it takes to get family and friends in the game!

Join us for Winter Youth 2017.

Theme Verse – Acts 20:24

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

Speaker – Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher has been involved in church ministry his entire life, particularly with teenagers and youth workers. Marko has had broad experience working in churches in roles ranging from junior high pastor to executive pastor. For 11 years he worked with Youth Specialties in San Diego, an organization that trains and equips church youth workers. For the last eight years he was president of the organization. Concurrently, Marko was part of the leadership team of Zondervan.

He has authored or contributed to more than 70 books, including the much-talked-about Youth Ministry 3.0, and the new release Hopecasting: Finding, Keeping and Sharing the Things Unseen. Marko is a partner in The Youth Cartel which provides resources, training and coaching for church youth workers. Find Marko’s blog at

Marko has been married to Jeannie for 29 years, and has two children, Riley and Max.

Worship Band – Colorfair

Colorfair is a band from sunny Santa Cruz using creativity and music as a response to the transforming power of the gospel. Formed by worship leaders Ryan & Lily Jones, the heartbeat of this team is to lead others in authentic worship. It is their desire to see everyone proclaim Jesus as Lord. They love singing loud with friends and sharing testimony in their lyrics. Check out one of their videos!

2017 Pricing: A $50 non-refundable deposit is due by January 24.

Through January 24 $162
After January 24 $182

This Convention serves our culturally diverse congregations as we fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.