Welcome to the Momentum family! We really care about you and your group and want to help make your Momentum experience a great first one! Please, let us know how we can best help you as you get your group ready for the BEST week of the summer!
The information below will help you find your footing, but you’ll also want to check out our FAQs to get more helpful answers to your questions.
How do I start registering my group?
Second, students register themselves for Momentum once registration opens on February 1! After your church has been added to our system, your students can register under it by selecting it as their sending church.
Is there a discount for new churches?
Yes. Momentum Offers a “New Church Discount”
– A “new church” is defined as one that has not had any students attend youth conference in the past three years (2015, 2016, 2017).
– Each student who registers and attends Momentum from a new church will receive a $25 discount.
– A new church will receive one free Youth Worker registration for every increment of six students who register and attend Momentum 2018.
What are the registration deadlines?
All registrants must register by March 31 and pay their $75 deposit to get the best rate for Momentum. The cost of Momentum 2017 increases $50 if a registrant registers or pays the deposit after this date. All registrants must pay their balance by June 15. The cost increases $25 after this date. To see the full pricing schedule per registrant class, visit our 2018 page.
When to Arrive:
Check in is on Tuesday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The busiest time to check-in changes yearly due to travel times from churches as we change locations. However, mid afternoon does seem to be a more frequented check-in time. Keep in mind that dinner is the first meal of conference. Dinner is served from 5 – 7 p.m. If you arrive early in the day, lunch can be purchased at the school cafeteria or at local restaurants. Tuesday’s evening, opening session starts at 7:45 p.m. and you will want some time before to settle into dorms, scope out campus, and eat dinner.
Youth Staff orientation is a mandatory meeting for all youth workers at 5:00. Plan to arrive in time for check-in, move into dorm, and staff orientation dinner (students eat dinner in the dining commons while the youth leaders have this orientation dinner/meeting in a separate room). After orientation, youth workers meet-up with their students to go to the opening session.
What will I need for check-in?
If you have any students who are considered a “walk-in” (did not register prior to your arrival) you will need to register them and pay their balance at check-in. You will need to pay any remaining balances. You will receive a box of supplies for the week which includes: conference book, nametags/lanyards, meal cards, t-shirts, paper supplies that may be necessary for the week, devotionals) for each registrant in your group.
How to Check-In
1. Directional signs will be on campus to lead you to where Check-In is located.
2. You will temporally park your bus, van or car. Only 1-2 adult leaders from each group enters the check-in to complete check-in for their entire group. Students and other adults will wait outside.
Once Check-in is completed, Momentum volunteers will help lead your group’s transportation to the dorms assigned to your group where you will unload your luggage and move into the dorm.
We suggest you designate a regrouping time/location after your group moves into the dorm (keeping in mind that youth workers attend an orientation meeting at 5:00).
Will there be a time to meet with my group?
Yes! Every day there is a blocked off time for you to debrief with your students. We think this is an essential part of the day as it allows you to shepherd them through how God is working. We will assign you a room or area to meet and a time that correlates with sessions.
These meetings are:
(1) immediately following the morning session and before lunch
(2) immediately following the evening session. After this evening group time, groups retire to the dorm for the evening.
How do I sign up for opportunities and options?
Each afternoon students get to select what they would like to do as “Your Day, Your Way.” Options include:
– Sport Tournaments (ex. dodgeball, basketball, soccer, volleyball)
– Outreach/Ministry Opportunities in the community
– plan your own off-campus activity
– on campus auxiliary games
– on campus swimming pool
– Art Electives
– and More
When you start the registration process, we assign your group a lead contact (usually your lead youth pastor or administrative assistant). This person receives an email in early June that guides them through signing their students/group up for afternoon options on campus (sports, fun activities, seminars) as well as ministry opportunities. Sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. We will help guide you through this process.
What does that mean?
There are some acronyms and titles that we throw around at Momentum. Don’t worry if you don’t know them, we’ll help define things.
Here’s some of the things you may hear:
YDYW or Your Day, Your Way > Every afternoon, each youth group plans their own schedule. A number of activities are available, such as sport tournaments, going out into the community on ministry projects, various other on-campus activities, or a group may plan their own off-campus excursion.
Power Tracks > hour long seminars on Wed, Thurs, Fri for students. Some youth groups like to have all their students attend the same trax, while others leave it up to each student to choose the trax that appeals to them. Youth workers can attend these trax, or there are they have the option to attend a Youth Worker Lab.
On Mission > The missions portion of our conference is modeled after Acts 1:8. Various opportunities are provided as options for Wednesday, Thursday or Friday afternoon. The entire conference is then involved in a community ministry project on Saturday.
Youth Group Time > Scheduled debriefing time for groups to meet
Our opening session is Tuesday, July 17 at 7:45 p.m. which means doors will open at 7:15. As a new group, we will save you a section of seats for this opening session so your group is guaranteed to sit together. When you enter the auditorium for the session, please look for seats blocked off with your church’s name on them.
For every session, the doors remain closed until 15 minutes before a session. Most groups like to sit together for the sessions and they often have individuals enter to save a block of seats for their group members. If this is what you want to do for the remaining sessions of the week, you will want to work with your group on planning for that. You will need to have 1 person for every 5 seats that you reserve.
How often do we serve in the community?
Momentum is part missions trip and part conference. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoon, and Saturday there will be opportunities for your group to serve locally. You sign your students up for these opportunities ahead of time online in June. Some groups elect to leave campus all four days, or just 1 or 2, you can retrofit this experience to your group! The only day you’re required to serve is Saturday.
Bear in mind that there are other opportunities such as sports tournaments, area attractions, fun auxiliary opportunities on campus, etc going on during the afternoon times as well.
What Momentum believes (Statement of Faith)
You can read what we believe at CE National and ergo Momentum on our About Us page.
Does Momentum provide a devotional for the week?
Yes! Momentum partners with OnTrack Devotions to provide devotions through the week of conference as well as the 2 months following. We encourage you to partner with OnTrack Devotions through the year.
How can I fund raise for Momentum?
Some fundraising ideas:
1. garage sale
2. silent auction
3. live auction
4. Flower fundraiser through Living Color Fundraiser
5. Mulch Sale
6. Personal Letters
A Note on writing personal letters: Most people would rather give money to support the spiritual growth of a friend/relative rather than buy something that they may not want/need and in which the student will only get a small percentage of the money spent.
When writing personal letters, make it realistic and attainable…If you send out 40 letters and ½ of them are returned with a donation of $20.00 you will have $400.00. If you send out 80 letters and ½ of them are returned each person only needs to give $10.00 and you’ll have $400.00