Category Archives: Youth Leaders

Refuel 2020

Refuel is a conference for everyone involved in youth ministry. The focus of Refuel 2020 is 4 Chair Discipleship. Our objective is to equip leaders to be disciple makers. This year we have the great pleasure of having guest speakers Doug Holliday and Jay Fast from Sonlife ministries lead us through the 4 Chair Discipleship training along with Ronnie Murchison leading us to the feet of God in worship.

Refuel is a gathering for youth leaders. Anyone involved in youth work as a volunteer leader, paid corps employee, intern, youth development coordinator, divisional staff, territorial staff, cadet, and corps officers are all welcome to Refuel!

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2017 Young Adult Retreat Speakers: John and Lois Kim

At the 2017 Young Adult Retreat, our guest speakers will be John and Lois Kim.  They’ll be unpacking what it means to be faithful to both God and the local church during our main sessions.

John has been serving as the English Ministry Pastor at The Salvation Army Mayfair Community Church in Chicago since 2004. He received his Master of Divinity from Moody Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He loves to play volleyball, watch all World War II movies, and cheer for his Cubbies.

Lois has been the Children’s Ministry Director at Mayfair Community Church since 2008; she has been serving in children’s ministry for 18+ years. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in Art Education, and then spent 4 years teaching art in the Chicago Public Schools. She is blessed to live out her two passions in her ministry: children and art. She loves enjoying good food with good company, or getting lost in a good book.

John and Lois have a rambunctious 8-year-old son Joshua, a strong-willed, beautiful 6-year-old daughter Selah, and the current king of the house, one-year-old Josiah.  For more info about the 2017 Young Adult Retreat, and to register, click here.


The Summer Leadership Institute is an amazing opportunity for juniors in high school (entering their senior year) to further develop their leadership potential. The Institute is specifically designed to equip young leaders to be visionaries, live lives of integrity and gain experience in team development, motivation and persuasion.

Acceptance into the Institute is competitive and enrolls students into LEAD-235: Teambuilding & Leadership, a course developed for Olivet’s leadership minor. Curriculum is strategically tailored to challenge students during an intensive two-day campus experience, followed by a two-week online component. Successful completion of the program earns students three credit hours of coursework to be used toward the leadership minor or elective credit.

To apply, submit a completed Institute application and pertaining documents ASAP. Even though the advertised deadline for the event is June 1, they are still taking applications. The first 50 accepted students will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship from Olivet to be used toward the Institute ($1,305 value). The remaining cost includes a $179 room and board fee to cover housing, meals, etc.

The Summer Leadership Institute on-campus component begins Thursday, July 13, and ends Saturday morning, July 15.

For more information on applying, click here.

Youth Councils 2017 Recap

We had an awesome time at Youth Councils 2017, didn’t we?  God taught us so much about our identity; so much that we tried to condense the entire weekend into a single post.  We most definitely failed there, but we hope you enjoy our hand picked assortment of treats from the weekend: videos, pictures, podcasts and survey for YC 2018.  Enjoy!

Identity Videos

Eden Sjogren from MetroProductions on Vimeo.

Shane Olivera from MetroProductions on Vimeo.

Ashley Blackwood from MetroProductions on Vimeo.

Red Carpet Video (From the Hollywood Banquet)

YC Red Carpet from MetroProductions on Vimeo.

We had an awesome Hollywood banquet on Saturday night, and part of that experience included a red carpet where the celebs were interviewed.  Enjoy!

Official Photos (Including Photo Booth Photos from the Hollywood Banquet)!

Thanks to photographers Laura Allan and Cody Forney, we have some AMAZING photos from the weekend.  Check out the slideshow below, or click here to view them on our Flickr page.

High School Track Podcasts

Looking for the sermons from Pastor Harvey Carey and Lt. Amanda Keene?  You can stream them from our website here, or stream them from the podcast app on your iPhone (search Metro Youth Network).

Main Session 1 – Pastor Harvey Carey

Main Session 2 – Pastor Harvey Carey

Main Session 3 – Pastor Harvey Carey

Main Session 5 – Lt. Amanda Keene

Youth Councils 2017 Survey

Last, but not least, we’d love to hear your feedback about YC 17.  Take 10 minutes to fill out this quick survey, please!  We take your input very seriously.  You can access the survey by clicking here.

Band of Survivors 2017 Team Announced

We’re excited to announce the team for Band of Survivors 2017. Pray for these students and young adults as they prepare for an awesome summer of growth, community and service!

Christian Barron (La Villita)
Gracie Washburn (Oakbrook Terrace)
Marcos Faundez (Joliet)
Keegan Hanton (Elgin)
Isabelle Wurtz (Des Plaines)
Shania Ferguson (Chicago Temple)
Vanessa Benitez (Mayfair)
Neiry Alvarado (La Villita)
Sabrina Navarro (Blue Island)

Heidi Payton Hurula (Oakbrook Terrace)
Nicholle Riley (Kroc Center)
Adrian Barron (La Villita)
Kim de Santiago (East Chicago)

Justin Johnson (Mayfair)

Commissioning 2017 Afterglow: KB, Social Club Misfits and GAWVI

On Saturday night, June 10th.. THE AFTERGLOW.. is a concert with GAWVI, Social Club Misfits, and KB! The concert will begin at 9:30PM inside the SEARS Centre Arena. Cost will be $10. That’s right, $10! Doors will open for you at 8:45PM and you will pay $10 at the door!

This is a concert held by The Salvation Army at our annual event, Commissioning/Congress.

To hear some of the artists’ music, check out the below Spotify playlists and get ready to get turnt and lit.  RSVP to the FB event here.

Chicago Temple Prayer + Praise Night Podcast

On Friday, January 13, Courtney Rose preached a powerful word on Mary from the book of Luke. If you weren’t fortunate enough to be there to hear it in person, or if you want to give it another listen, you can stream it here, or from the iTunes podcast app! Enjoy!

2016 Young Adult Retreat Podcasts, Photos, and Evaluation!


It’s hard to believe, but the 2016 Young Adult Retreat has been in the books for over a week now!  God was incredibly faithful, and we hope you who attended experienced the Lord in a powerful way, and experienced genuine community as well.  By way recapping this awesome weekend, we have a few things to share with you…


The 2017 Young Adult Retreat is scheduled for October 27-28 at Wonderland Camp and Conference Center.  We hope to see you there!


Major Rob Birks dissected what it means to be a genuine Christ follower as he taught us about surrender, generosity, and mission. If you want to listen back to those teachings, or weren’t fortunate to be there in person, you can listen to podcasts of those teachings here on our website, or via the iTunes podcast app (just look for the Metro Youth Network podcast).

Session 1 – Major Rob Birks – Surrender

Session 2 – Major Rob Birks – Generosity

Session 3 – Major Rob Birks – Mission


If you’re interested in seeing photos from the weekend, check out the slideshow below, or head to our Flickr account.


We need to know how you thought the retreat went, and what you would do to make it even better.  Who are you dying to hear speak?  Who would you love to lead us in worship?  What would you do to get more people to sign up?  Please, take 10 minutes to answer 6 questions and let us know what you think by clicking here.


Regeneration 2017 – the young adult conference for the Salvation Army’s Central Territory – is going to be awesome. The theme is Reconciliation, and the guests are Dr. Cornell West, Pastor Steve Carter, Captain Lisa Barnes, and worship will be led by Christian Lewis. You won’t want to miss what will happen from February 17-19 at #SARegen17.

Gary Prayer + Praise Night Podcast and Photos!


On Friday, November 4 Lt. AJ Zimmerman talked about the theme Angry God. What is our perception of God? What do we think he sees when he looks at us? Do we think he’s mad at us? Do we think he’s disgusted with us? Or do we know him to be accepting, loving and gracious?

If you want to listen back to Lt. AJ’s talk, or you weren’t able to make it, check out the podcast. Search for the “Metro Youth Network” podcast on iTunes, or listen to it in this post.

Also, you should check out the photos from the night! You can do so in the slideshow below, or by visiting our Flickr page.

2017 Summer Mission Team Apps

The World Missions Department is pleased to share that the applications for Summer Mission Team (SMT) 2017 are now available.

  • SMT is a leadership development program which invites young people into a deeper relationship with the Lord through participation in a seven-week team missions experience.
  • SMT is available to applicants ages 18-28. Applicants must be 18 by June 12, 2017.
  • All applications and endorsements/recommendations will be completed online this year at A completed application will include:
    • Online application
    • Corps Officer Endorsement
    • DYS Endorsement & DC (or Divisional Representative) Endorsement
    • Recommendation #1 – completed by a Teacher or Employer
    • Recommendation #2 – completed by a Spiritual Mentor
    • Recommendation #3 – completed by an adult non-relative who can comment on the applicant’s character, spiritual life and work ethic.
  • It is the responsibility of each applicant to distribute endorsement/recommendation forms and follow up with the World Missions Department to make sure all application materials have been received by the February 22, 2017 deadline.
  • The SMT announcement will be made by Friday, March 3. Team members will need to report for SMT March orientation at THQ in Hoffman Estates from March 17-19.

Happy applying!