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Salt life! The words conjure up images of sand, waves, tee shirts, board shorts, and flip-flops. All of this with a casual, hang-loose attitude. Live for today, for it may be the only day we have. However, for the Christian, the Biblical use of salt as a metaphor for our life leads us in a different direction. It reminds us that we are called by our God to live distinctive lives, and to positively influence the lives of those around us as well as the culture that we live in. Come and explore the biblical picture of what it means to truly live a salt life as a child of God. Please make plans to join us and hundreds of your friends (and new friends to be!) at the RYS National Youth Convention to be held July 25-29, 2016 at Evangel University in Springfield, MO, Lord willing. A total of 11 workshops will complement our main theme. See you there! Download and view the official brochure for this year’s convention here » See you there!

Keynote Speakers

Rev. Bradd Nymeyer has been the pastor of Sioux Center URC since 2008. He led a workshop at last year’s convention and was the keynote speaker at LOGOS 2014. Rev. Jason Tuinstra has been the pastor of Bethel URC in Jenison, MI since 2009. He led a workshop last year and served as a main speaker at four RYS national conventions since 2003.

Event Details

Convention Registration/Housing

Registration must be done on the RYS website: Create a new account, login (password required) and proceed to complete the registration form, including making six workshop selections (everyone will be assigned five workshops) and one roommate. Note: All roommates must list each other on the RYS registration website; only ONE roommate is permitted again this year. If roommates do not name each other they will be designated as “potluck,” and housed at the discretion of the housing committee. There is married couples housing for sponsors, so list each other if you wish. Conventioneers must have completed at least grade 9 in school but no more than grade 12. Students may attend a total of four conventions. Sponsors must be at least 21 by convention. Check-in time is from 1-5 p.m. (C.S.T.), Monday, July 25. RYS has no pre-event or post-event housing available. All travel is your own responsibility. The convention concludes by 11 a.m. (C.S.T.) Friday, July 29, followed by lunch soon afterwards. Adult sponsors are required to attend the convention with their students. RYS strongly recommends groups adhere to a 5 to 1 student/sponsor ratio. The Springfield airport is conveniently located in the area. The Tulsa, St. Louis and Kansas City airports are approximately three hours away. Evangel University is located in Springfield, MO. No shuttle service will be available as travel is your own responsibility.

Group Leader/Deadlines/Checks

One sponsor of your choosing will serve as your church group contact leader. Please mail registration check to RYS, 2025 Baldwin, Jenison, MI 49428. Registrations are not official until ALL electronic forms and signatures are completed online and payment is received. All forms must be received by RYS and checks postmarked no later than April 15 to qualify for the $375.00 per person supporting member church rate ($415.00 per person non-member /non-supporting church rate). Registrations postmarked April 16-30 will incur a $40 late fee ($415.00 total per person-supporting member church rate, $455.00 total per person non-supporting church rate). Registrations received after April 30 will be placed on a waiting list. Cancellations before June 15 will require a $50.00 fee. No refunds granted after June 15. Registration transfers will be accepted for a $25.00 fee until June 15. To purchase a convention sweatshirt ($30, heather blue) or RYS fleece ($35, black or navy with new logo), please include a separate check. Please contact RYS Director Ed DeGraaf at or call him at 616-667-0694 with any questions.


1111 N Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, Missouri, 65802, United States

  • RYS National Youth Convention 2016
    July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016
    4:00 am - 1:00 pm
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