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Last Update: May 15

CIY Team Update

In response to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Christ in Youth has canceled dozens of events and trips. Every cancelation has produced ministry and financial loss. We are grateful for our partner churches and individuals, like you, who continue to support CIY during this time. Your belief in Kingdom work and your financial investments have sustained CIY through this unique season.

Even with your generosity, the financial loss has required additional steps as we move forward to ensure a healthy future. This week, Christ in Youth leadership had to make a very difficult decision to release members of our staff.

This process has been painful, and we believe these short-term decisions are necessary to ensure the long-term health of CIY, enabling the mission of calling young people to Kingdom work to continue in 2021 and beyond. The entire organization agonizes the loss of each individual who has been released from our team and invites you to join us in prayer for them, their families, and their next steps. Our team is grateful for the talents they shared with us during their tenure, and trust that God will continue to use them to bless the Kingdom in the years to come.

Previous Update: May 7

MIX/AT and MOVE/AT Registration NOW OPEN!

Registration for MIX/AT and MOVE/AT is now open. We know you have a lot on your mind about what summer looks like – from financial implications to safety concerns. We’re here for you whether you plan to join us at a physical event or whether you plan to join us wherever you're at.

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We want to partner with you to call young people to Kingdom work no matter where you’re at this summer. We’ll continue to be transparent: we’re building this experience at this very moment. You probably have questions about MIX/AT and MOVE/AT. So we invited real-life youth minister, Anne Wilson, to join us and ask some of your most pressing questions.

/AT FAQs

What are MIX/AT and MOVE/AT?

MIX/AT and MOVE/AT are reimagined summer events designed to serve your youth ministries wherever they’re at this summer.

What does it include?

We are taking all of the pieces you would expect to see at a summer event and redesigning them to fit multiple contexts. We’re still building the entire experience, but we know that it will include:

  • Three fully themed hour-long evening sessions with worship, messages, games, and response elements designed to be something to do, not something to watch.
  • Two extended morning small group sessions through the CIY Convos App, an app designed to help small groups have meaningful conversations.
  • Two personal study experiences through the CIY SELAH App, an app developed to deliver a powerful quiet time on the go.
  • Large group recreational activities that can be used either in person or at a distance.
  • Physical materials for each student like student books and event response pieces to interact with during sessions.

How can I use MIX/AT and MOVE/AT?

There will be two ways to view evening sessions. Either through a live stream scheduled for specific dates and times throughout the summer (TBD) or through downloadable pre-recorded content. The beauty of MIX/AT and MOVE/AT is that they are designed for you to dream up the most ideal summer experience for your group and have all of the content you need to pull it off.

When can I sign up?

You can sign up NOW. Click the buttons above to register!

How much is it?

The experience is FREE. However, because interaction is foundational to a summer experience, there are physical materials that you will need for a MOVE/AT or MIX/AT experience. MOVE/AT and MIX/AT are not something to watch, they are something to do. We're asking that you pay for those physical materials - just $59.95 for every 25 participants.

Previous Update: May 1

NEWLY Updated MOVE & MIX Registration Policies

Our team at CIY has worked to stay in constant communication with you as we approach summer. The situations are changing rapidly and differently, depending on your local and state governments. Our desire is to hold on-site events this summer, but the current climate demands that we all remain extremely flexible in our decision-making processes. Moving forward, our team will be making final decisions about holding on-site events six weeks before each event is scheduled. You can expect direct communication about your event’s status and your options at that time. Because our events are held across the nation, our team has determined that a national decision is not in your best interest. Therefore, we will be using the following criteria to lead our decision-making process for each location:

  • Is it possible? Do federal, state, and local policies, as well as venue partners, allow for the event to be held?
  • Is it safe? Can we meet and exceed government social distancing recommendations and health guidelines?
  • Is it wise? Can we anticipate that attendance numbers will support the event?

Additionally, we are updating our registration policies to give you more freedom in the process. At the outset of the COVID-19 crisis in mid-March, we communicated that the second deposit for a summer Christ in Youth event would be due on May 1st. After listening to you, we have realized that timeframe is still not realistic. We are responding by adjusting the second deposit due date to 30 days before your event is scheduled to begin. We are also extending the full refund to that same time marker. If you need to change your registration in any way, including canceling your trip or opting for MOVE/AT or MIX/AT, we’re here to make that process as easy as possible.

Additionally, we are now not requesting full payment until 21 days before your event is scheduled to begin. Hopefully, this gives you more time to make decisions with your church leadership, parents, and young people about how CIY can best serve you this summer. You can see the fully updated 2020 registration policies here:

If it seems like we are changing things a lot, it’s because we are. We desire to work with you throughout this process, and we are committed to continuing to adapt our next steps with you in mind. If we can assist, please reply to this email and someone from our team will be in touch right away. We’ll do our best to have your back no matter what. 

Kingdom work never stops,

-The CIY Team

Previous Update: April 23

UPDATE: MOVE/AT and MIX/AT

Last week we introduced MOVE/AT and MIX/AT – summer events reimagined to fit wherever your youth ministry is at this summer.

We've been receiving a lot of questions about MOVE/AT and MIX/AT. Where can I register? When is it? What can I expect? And most frequently: how much does it cost? Our team is working on a way forward, and we’d like to invite you to be a part of it. Would you consider partnering with us this summer, even if we are unable to hold on-location events? Doing so could allow us to do something bigger than we could have ever imagined. CIY President Jayson French explains what we could do together here:

We hope that we can reimagine what summer looks like together. Our heart in these AT experiences is to work to serve the Church. But your continued support and partnership allow us to ask, “what if we could do more together?” With the help of partner churches, we're excited to make MOVE/AT and MIX/AT available to any and every church. 

Previous Update: April 20

Updated MOVE and MIX Registration Policies

Why change the registration policy in April? We want to offer as much flexibility to churches as we can while also providing the best opportunity to other churches to get registered for an event and allow CIY to provide our campus partners with accurate attendance information as event dates approach.

What if I need to drop some of the spots I originally registered? You can reduce your number of registered spots until May 1 without it costing you anything. CIY will roll the additional deposit money onto the balance for the group.

Are High Demand Events still a thing? For 2020, not anymore. We are going to use the same registration policy for all MOVE & MIX events this summer. Locations previously treated as high demand will no longer have added restrictions or requirements.

What do I need to do on/before May 1? Pay the 2nd deposit of $50/person. If you reduced your number before May 1 and those additional deposit funds were rolled over to the balance contact us, and we can tell you how much needs to be sent to complete deposit 2.

What if my event gets canceled after May 1? You’ll get a call from us to discuss options. You’ll be able to switch events, go with the MOVE/AT or MIX/AT experience, or ask for a refund. Deposit 2 will be refundable.

You can find the complete 2020 registration policy here:

Previous Update: April 14

Introducing MOVE/AT and MIX/AT

CIY is still planning to hold physical MOVE and MIX events all across the country. Why? Because we want to see you this summer. If we can meet safely, we will be ready. We recognize that there’s a chance that won't happen, but we want to be ready either way. We believe that God still has plans to call young people to Kingdom work no matter what summer holds. We want summer 2020 to be a great one for your youth group, even if it is different too.

So we’re introducing MOVE/AT and MIX/AT. 

Our team has reimagined MOVE and MIX for wherever your youth ministry is at this summer. This contingency plan is digital but completely interactive. We’re reformatting the building blocks of MOVE and MIX for you. All of the moments, challenges, small group content, and videos that you’ve come to expect from CIY are part of the reimagined format. MOVE and MIX are yours and will work within whatever restrictions are in place.

CIY has always been committed to serving your church, and that’s not going to stop now. We’re offering access to our summer programming through MOVE/AT and MIX/AT. Use them however you want. Adapt the content or involve more students than you had planned to take to an on-location event. Whatever. It’s all yours. MOVE/AT and MIX/AT will help you connect with students and give them a chance to hear the call to Kingdom work this summer.

We have your back because Kingdom work never stops!

Previous Update: April 3

Important Update: CIY Coronavirus Plan

Due to the specific recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and local governments regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), Christ In Youth has decided to cancel all events scheduled to take place in March and April 2020. Unfortunately, we will not have the opportunity to reschedule any of these events. Canceled events are:

  • SuperStart in Indianapolis, IN scheduled for March 13-14
  • SuperStart in Chicago, IL scheduled for March 20-21
  • Believe in Atlanta, GA scheduled for March 13-14
  • Believe in Kansas City, MO scheduled for March 27-28
  • Believe in Anderson, IN scheduled for April 17-18
  • Believe in Anderson, IN scheduled for April 18-19
  • Believe in Holland, MI scheduled for April 24-25

CIY will honor all refund policies regarding the cancelation of events and will issue refunds in the coming days. Accounts paid via credit card will be refunded back to your card. Accounts paid via check will be mailed a refund check.

CIY is committed to hosting MOVE, MIX, and Engage this summer as we continue to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19). To create space for decision making, we are extending the April 1st deadline until May 1st. We hope this will provide time and space to handle sensitive issues that are changing every day.

We appreciate your partnership while we navigate ever-changing information. Here's where we are today:

  • All CIY programming is canceled for March and April 2020.
  • The April 1st deadline is extended to May 1st for MOVE and MIX events.

Our team is here for you and will do everything we can to serve your ministry. Please contact customercare@ciy.com with any questions or concerns.

For free digital resources to use during the Coronavirus pandemic, click here.

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Summer Updates

Covid-19 FAQ's

Have spring events been disrupted? 

  • Yes. The COVID-19 outbreak canceled the final five Believe events and the last two SuperStart events. These events had a combined expected attendance of 9,200.

Did church groups planning to attend the spring events that were canceled receive refunds? 

  • Yes. We informed church leaders who were registered for these events that they had three options for their deposit money: they could donate it to CIY, they could roll those funds over to a future CIY event, or they could request a refund. CIY staff has made it a priority to contact every church leader affected by the cancelations over the phone to discuss their preferred next step.

My church was scheduled to attend a canceled weekend event. When can I expect my refund? 

  • The CIY team is currently processing the refund requests and will be in direct communication with youth leaders regarding the timeline.

I was registered for a spring event. Can I roll that deposit over to a future CIY event? 

  • Absolutely. Just inform the CIY staffer who calls you to discuss your next step and we will get it processed for you.

Have you canceled summer events? 

  • No. MOVE and MIX are still happening one way or another. They might look different due to the ever-changing restrictions, but our team is working on meeting the needs of churches.

Will MOVE and MIX happen this summer? 

  • Yes. Our content team is currently building two plans. One, our team will be ready to greet your church at your favorite MOVE or MIX location if we are permitted to hold summer events like in the past. Two, our team is working on content that can be used in whatever context you are doing youth ministry in this summer.

Should I cancel if I’m registered for a CIY summer event? 

  • We are asking everyone to be patient. The April 1st deadline has been pushed back to May 1st to provide more flexibility during this difficult time. We are working hard to deliver MOVE and MIX to you this summer. Additionally, excessive cancelations in a short time frame will have a detrimental impact on the ministry, and mission, of Christ In Youth.

What happens if MOVE and MIX can’t be held in large groups? 

  • Our team is working to adapt the content we have been crafting to fit any restrictions.

Should I just go to another camp or event? 

  • If MOVE and MIX do not happen in normal form, there is a good chance everything else is canceled too. We know MOVE and MIX will provide a great experience even if we can’t see you in person.

If MOVE or MIX takes on a different form, will the price be adjusted? 

  • No doubt about it! Most of the MOVE and MIX sticker price goes to room and board. There’s also the cost of travel that a church factors in. So, taking those two things away will reduce the price. We are working on what that looks like and will be able to give answers toward the end of April.

What if I’m not sure we should be making big financial commitments at this time? 

  • We get it. Most of the deposits have already been paid up to this point and MOVE/MIX pushed the payment deadline back from April 1st to 30 days from your event to give everyone time to assess the current situation and make the wisest possible choice.

Where can I find digital resources that I can use to do ministry during the COVID-19 crisis? 

How can my church help CIY? 

  • We believe that CIY was built by the Church and that she will see us through this difficult season. If your church has registered for a CIY event this summer, we ask that you continue partnering with us this summer.

Can my church give a financial gift to CIY? 

  • Yes, please. We need the church to see us through this. No matter what happens between now and June, we are going to take some pretty big financial losses. Any contribution your church can give would help us weather this crisis. You can donate here.

As an individual, how can I help CIY? 

  • We need Kingdom workers of all ages to step up and partner with us through this crisis by giving financially. Your gift would ensure that CIY continues to call young people to Kingdom work in the years to come.

How does my financial gift help? 

  • This is the greatest financial crisis in the history of Christ In Youth. Your contribution will reduce the amount of money the ministry will have to borrow during this season. Your gift will allow CIY to continue to expand and avoid raising costs on future events. While our financial team is currently examining all options to see the ministry through this hardship, we desire to protect the future opportunities CIY has to call young people to Kingdom work.

How is CIY equipping churches during this crisis? 

  • Since mid-March, the CIY team has been hosting regular Zoom meetings with youth ministers across the country, Canada and Ireland. These meetings have inspired us as we’ve seen youth leaders connect, share ideas, and get through doing youth ministry at a social distance together. Additionally, we are continuing to release free digital resources – in English and Spanish – that youth leaders can use to host digital small group discussions and help their young people connect while they are isolated.

How will CIY use my financial gift if summer events are held as originally planned? 

  • We have already sustained a substantial financial hit due to the cancelation of seven spring events. Your gift helps with that immediately. Your partnership will allow us to continue serving our church partners through innovative digital resources and other ventures.

Is my financial gift tax-deductible? 

  • Yes. We will send you a receipt upon receiving your contribution.