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RYS National Youth Convention 2018 | Student Registration

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

Claim the Promises – July 16-20, 2018

Are you confused over what Christianity is really all about?  What exactly is God saying to us?  Why do I often find that everything else about this life is more desirable than my Christian faith?  The Christian life is a promise-driven life. Until we appreciate exactly what God is saying to us, it’s difficult to desire all that he is offering to us.  In these sessions, pastors Jeff DeBoer and Chris Gordon will help us understand God’s promises. God wants us to claim these promises that we might enjoy what he has provided for us in Jesus Christ.

We hope you can join us at the 2018 RYS National Convention to be held July 16-20 at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, Lord willing! A total of 12 workshops will complement our main theme. 

Keynote Speakers:

Rev. Jeff DeBoer is the Director of Enrollment at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, an associate pastor at Community URC in Schererville, IN and has led workshops at the RYS convention over the years.

Rev. Chris Gordon has been the senior pastor of Escondido URC since 2012 and has led several convention workshops in past years.

For Event Details  View the Event Brochure

Create an online account with a unique email and password (or use last year’s). Complete the online registration form (below).

     Choose a roommate or go potluck.  If you do choose a roommate, you must both name each other on your registration forms. 

     Choose your workshops.  Everyone will attend five workshops.  Select six workshops in the order of your preference so that we can schedule you for five workshops of your choosing.  

     Complete the medical forms.  Don’t forget to have your parents sign the medical release form by checking the box online. (You can do this yourself if you are 18 or older.)

     Rules form:  Read and sign the rules form by checking the box online.

Sweatshirts and fleeces:  You may pre-purchase your convention sweatshirt ($30) or RYS fleece ($35) when you register. There will be a limited number available at convention at a higher price.

Travel: Dordt College is located in Sioux Center, Iowa, about an hour and 15 minutes from Sioux Falls, SD and two and half hours from Omaha, NE. No shuttle service will be available from any airports by RYS, as all travel is your own responsibility. RYS has no pre-event or post-event housing available.

Eligibility:  Students must be at least age 14 but no older than 19 by convention, and must have completed grade 9 in school, but no more than grade 12 immediately prior to convention. Students may attend no more than four conventions. 

Registration Fees:

Member Churches (to qualify for the regular registration rate, your church must be a member church of RYS).

  • Prior to April 2: $385.00 (U.S.) per person
  • April 3 – 30: $425.00 (U.S.) per person

Non-member Churches

  • Prior to April 2: $425.00 (U.S.) per person
  • April 3 – 30: $465.00 (U.S.) per person
  • After April 30: you may be placed on a waiting list by contacting RYS Director Ed DeGraaf.

Payment– Group Leaders please note: When registration is closed, your church will receive an invoice.  Please carefully confirm that all your participants are listed on the invoice! Wait until you receive your invoice to make your payment.  Then mail one group payment to RYS Convention, 6442 36th Ave., Hudsonville, MI 49426. Payments are due no later than May 21.

Cancellation fees: Cancellations before June 15 require a $50 fee. Transfers may be made with a $25 fee. No refunds or transfers after June 15.

Convention Schedule:  Check–in:  Between 1-5 p.m. (C.S.T.) on Monday, July 16. Convention concludes by 11 am (C.S.T.) on Friday, July 20. Lunch will be provided soon after the last session on Friday. All conventioneers must be off campus by 1:00 p.m.

Questions:  Please contact RYS Director Ed DeGraaf at or (616) 667-0694. 

Price Choose One
Member Churches show details + $385.00 (USD)   Expired
Member Churches show details + $425.00 (USD)  
Non-member Churches show details + $425.00 (USD)   Expired
Non-member Churches show details + $465.00 (USD)  
You must have an RYS account to register for an event. If you do not have an account Create an Account here

  • RYS National Youth Convention 2018
    July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018
    1:00 pm



498 Fourth Avenue , Sioux Center, Iowa, 51250, United States


Dordt College

498 Fourth Avenue 

Sioux Center, IA  51250