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Who We Are
The National Inspirational Youth Convention is an annual Christian youth conference that ministers to hundreds of people who worship, learn, and fellowship together. It is affiliated with the Church of God, headquartered in Anderson, Indiana and is an auxiliary of the National Association of the Church of God, headquartered in West Middlesex, PA.
From its inception, the convention has moved from state to state, convening between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The first president, Gabriel Dixon, held the initial convention in Chicago, IL in 1938.
For 75 years, the gathering has successfully attracted youth groups and families, won people to the Lord, and developed new leaders. According to the convention's 13th president, Dr. Diana Swoope, the convention has met continuously since 1938, with the only exception being, "two years during World War II due to travel restrictions imposed by the government."1
During the 2016 Centennial Celebration of National Association of the Church of God, the history of the convention was highlighted in this video. More historical information on the convention can be readily obtained from Dr. James Earl Massey’s book African Americans and the Church of God.
What We Aim to Do
The goals of the current administration can be summarized in the acronym LIFT:
Link: Help believers connect and build relationships with each other.
Incite: Encourage youth to use their gifts & talents for the Kingdom.
Fortify: Strengthen youth ministry in NACOG churches year round.
Transform: Inspire spiritual encounters that inform and lead to life change.
Theme Scripture: Joshua 1:1-9 Theme: It’s Your Turn
"Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.” (2b)
You’ve heard about Joshua and the Joshua Generation for years. That Joshua is the future leader and influencer of tomorrow. Well, tomorrow is now today. The baton has been passed, it’s your turn. Yeah, you’re still young, but it’s up to you to go and make disciples. It’s up to you to get off the sidelines and strive to change your nation and neighborhood for God. It’s time for you to step up and get Jesus into people’s hearts, attack the gates of hell, and leave no one behind. Jesus is with you, so go and get it done.
1 Swoope, Diana Cook. Shout Jubilee! 50 Years Touching the Lives of Youth, A History of the National Inspirational Youth Convention of the National Association of the Church of God." Privately Printed, 1990.