Christ in Youth

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Christ In Youth partners with the local church to create moments and conversations that call young people to follow Jesus and into lives of Kingdom work

For fifty years, CIY has always found the best ways to create moments that inspire Kingdom work. Methods change but the hope of the Gospel remains the same. And even as the needs of the local church change, CIY is still working on Her behalf. We're in the midst of a global crisis and CIY needs your partnership to continue serving churches this summer and in the years to come. The ability for CIY to call the next generation of Kingdom workers hangs in the balance. It's time to get to work. Because Kingdom work never stops.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christ in Youth
P.O. Box B
Joplin, MO 64802


Phone: (417) 781-2273


Organization details

EIN: 431303328

CEO/President: Jayson French

Chairman: Mark Christian

Board size: 14

Founder: Bob Stacy

Year founded: 1968

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2013


We believe young people are made for kingdom work. God has uniquely created each of us with special gifts, talents and abilities that He wants us to use for His Kingdom. When young generations understand and embrace Christ's call on their lives, they mobilize in ways that affect change all over the world. Why does CIY amplify Christ's call on student's life to be a Kingdom worker? Because they are made for it.

Mission statement

We call youth to Christ and into lives of Kingdom work through His Church.

Statement of faith

We believe in one God who eternally exists in three equal persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, who is infinite in power and wisdom, perfect in holiness, and overflowing with love and grace.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Savior and Lord, fully divine and fully human, who was born of a virgin, ushered in God's Kingdom, and died in our place as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, bearing divine judgment, and reconciling to God all who trust in Him.

We believe in the physical resurrection and the Lordship of Jesus over Heaven and Earth, and we anticipate His return to judge and condemn evil and restore creation.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, fully divine and personally active in the church and in the world, who seals and indwells believers to sanctify, guide, and empower them for service in the Kingdom.

We believe that all people, created as male and female, are made in God's image with intrinsic value and purpose. We believe that all have sinned and are in need of salvation, which can only be found in Jesus' sacrificial atonement for the sins of the world.

We believe that salvation is offered to all by grace through faith in Jesus alone- a living faith that is demonstrated through repentance, confession, baptism and which results in a life of obedience to the Lordship of Jesus.

We believe in one holy Church, manifested through the work of local communities of disciples over which Christ is the head. We believe in the ministry of all disciples leveraging their gifts, talents, abilities, and influence to advance God's Kingdom by making disciples of all nations and teaching them to observe all that Christ commands.

We believe that Scripture alone is the uniquely inspired Word of God, true and infallible in all that it affirms, and is therefore the qualified and final authority in all matters of faith and practices.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating142 of 9415 of 27
Fund acquisition rating716 of 94322 of 27
Resource allocation rating27 of 9432 of 27
Asset utilization rating63 of 9413 of 27

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,368,474$1,677,119$1,225,867$1,082,464$1,206,296
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,698,332$2,830,708$2,347,146$1,853,522$1,880,563
Long-term investments$32,927$37,178$32,678$32,574$17,013
Fixed assets$3,073,003$3,441,506$3,358,691$2,796,221$1,994,913
Other long-term assets$0$0$250,353$336,868$126,816
Total long-term assets$3,105,930$3,478,684$3,641,722$3,165,663$2,138,742
Total assets$5,804,262$6,309,392$5,988,868$5,019,185$4,019,305
Payables and accrued expenses$264,696$774,108$541,187$401,041$1,060,592
Other current liabilities$2,142,621$1,866,153$1,763,182$1,463,811$1,024,004
Total current liabilities$2,407,317$2,640,261$2,304,369$1,864,852$2,084,596
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,361,229$1,459,073$1,265,855$994,245$166,452
Total liabilities$3,768,546$4,099,334$3,570,224$2,859,097$2,251,048
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$1,651,390$1,728,822$1,827,559$1,670,000$1,318,142
With donor restrictions$384,326$481,236$591,085$490,388$450,115
Net assets$2,035,716$2,210,058$2,418,644$2,160,088$1,768,257
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Total contributions$1,097,948$1,829,832$1,905,457$1,832,686$1,822,637
Program service revenue$19,699,006$19,071,650$16,970,283$15,177,977$14,428,639
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$20,165$10,281$1,534$1,303$1,407
Other revenue$39,565$21,888$24,062$231,668$3,549
Total other revenue$19,758,736$19,103,819$16,995,879$15,410,948$14,433,595
Total revenue$20,856,684$20,933,651$18,901,336$17,243,634$16,256,232
Program services$19,124,418$18,886,607$16,919,492$15,237,396$14,746,342
Management and general$945,664$1,095,377$939,173$757,409$684,339
Total expenses$21,031,026$21,142,237$18,643,080$16,851,493$16,310,635
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Surplus (deficit)($174,342)($208,586)$258,256$392,141($54,403)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($174,342)($208,586)$258,256$392,141($54,403)


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Response from ministry

The major purpose of CIY is to amplify the call of Christ on student lives through events, trips and resources to prepare them to be Kingdom workers. CIY works with churches throughout the world to reach this generation for Christ.

The registration fees that students pay to attend our conferences, mission trips, and service projects provide only about 85% of our revenue base. The other 15% is made up of gifts from churches, individuals and businesses.

Each year Christ In Youth is independently audited by an outside auditor. We strive to be good stewards with the money that God has entrusted to us.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/9/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Christ In Youth has called students and leaders to boldly live for Christ through the hope of the Gospel message and a call to Kingdom action for more than 50 years.

Christ In Youth was founded in 1968 by Ozark Bible College Professor Bob Stacy. His vision was to create a place where the Gospel message could be presented to young people in a way that was contemporary and culturally relevant. CIY started with volunteer college students leading rallies and high school assemblies via drama, music and dynamic speaking.

The first conference was held in the summer of 1969. As CIY's knowledge of youth ministry grew, the organization began to create effective tools for youth leaders to go along with the conference and event strategy. In 1984, CIY hosted the first National Youth Leaders Convention, and in the summer of 1985 the first CIY youth mission trip was taken to Haiti.

Throughout the 1990s CIY gained a reputation as a cutting-edge youth ministry, leading in areas of worship styles, video and multi-media techniques, resource materials, youth missions experiences and using college campuses for programs. In 1997, CIY became an innovator in junior high programming, launching Believe weekend conferences, and Know Sweat service projects for this important age group. The Discipleship program also began in 1997, to encourage and teach students how to have an intimate, personal relationship with Christ. In 2005, CIY held the first SuperStart event to impact the lives of students in grades four through six.

In 2007, CIY partnered with Standard Publishing to create a full Sunday school curriculum for preteens. In 2008, CIY celebrated 40 years in ministry, re-branded its logo and established a new vision and mission: "Amplifying Christ's call to be Kingdom workers through events, trips and resources." This led to the re-branding of Summer Conference as MOVE. CIY began a partnership with Group Publishing in 2009, producing many video resources and books for student ministry. In 2010, CIY Missions was re-branded as CIY Engage, expanding the opportunity for more trips and service projects. In 2011, CIY showcased its first feature-length documentary, "Love Costs Every Thing," - an official selection in two international film festivals - and followed that with another documentary, "Becoming Sons and Daughters" - which won an award with the San Diego Christian Film Festival. Since then, CIY has continued to produce award-winning short-films and documentaries - most recently winning multiple film festival awards for the film "Hard to Place."

CIY continues to speak the language of this generation of students with its use of high-energy music, engaging videos and high-quality resources. Plans include a new website for both parents and teens offering uniquely targeted messages and information, as well as increasing the number of events and locations to make it possible for more students to experience life change.

Program accomplishments

  • More than 85,000 attending all CIY programs through 2018
  • More than 70 summer events and mission trips for high school and Jr. high in 2018
  • Launched an online digital magazine at
  • Award-winning magazine The Kingdom Worker Connection published quarterly and distributed to approximately 50,000
  • Multiple award-winning films and documentaries, including the most recent short-film "Unseen"
  • Opened first international office in Dublin, Ireland in Nov. 2017
  • Launched first all-digital platform in 2016 called ffect that advances the ministry's mission through mobile technology