PYCC

Presbyterian Youth Connection Council (PYCC)

The New Covenant PYCC is a team of youth, in partnership with mentoring adults, who work together to plan and lead events and activities for the youth of the presbytery.  These young people develop leadership skills, grow in their spiritual life and their ability to articulate their faith, and experience the connectional church.  They form close friendships with youth from other congregations while sharing and exploring their God given gifts.

“And don't let anyone put you down because you're young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity…And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed - keep that dusted off and in use.  Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes!”  1Timothy 4:12-15 (The Message)

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PURPOSE

The Presbyterian Youth Connection Council (PYCC) exists to assist in developing a comprehensive ministry for youth and adults who work with them in the presbytery.

  1. To develop and nurture a presbytery-wide youth ministry network.
  2. To plan and implement quality programming such as, Conclaves, Youth Rally and other youth ministry programs that offer opportunities for fellowship, study, service and worship for the Presbytery of New Covenant.
  3. Serve as liaisons between local congregations and the presbytery.
  4. To provide a model of partnership between youth and adults at the presbytery level.
  5. To empower youth and adults to participate in all areas of the church's ministry while equipping them in their tasks.
  6. To advocate for issues of justice and peacemaking for young people.

YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP

New Covenant Presbyterian Youth Connection Council (PYCC) is re-formed each year with adult and youth leadership from all over our presbytery. The Council meets at least once a month to plan retreats and events for young people.

Leadership

The Council is led by two youth and two adult co-moderators and guided by presbytery staff.  

Presbytery Staff:
Rev. Kristi Click-Blankman, Coordinator for Youth Ministry

Within the Council, there are six ministry teams on which to serve: Music, Mission, Worship, Curriculum, Keynote, and Recreation.  Each team is led by a Youth Team Lead supported by an Adult Team Lead. 

Selection of PYCC Members

Members of the Council are selected by their home church.  Congregations are entrusted with identifying young people and adults in their congregation who have gifts for ministry and leadership potential, a strong relationship with Christ, and who will make the commitment to be a member of the Council.  Churches should have interested youth and adults complete the application forms and submit to the pastor and/or youth leader for evaluation and selection.  

Each church may name up to 4 youth and up to 3 adults as members of the Council. 

YOUTH who serve on the PYCC must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in a committed relationship with Jesus Christ
  2. give evidence of that relationship in their daily life
  3. Be an active participant in their local church and youth activities
  4. Be a rising 10th - 12th grader
  5. Be willing to learn new skills and take risks in leadership roles
  6. Be willing to make PYCC a priority in their schedule and be regular in attendance at meetings and events (see attendance policy)
  7. Be a member of a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Presbytery of New Covenant that they will be representing
Churches may select and endorse up to four (4) youth


ADULTS who serve on the PYCC must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in a committed relationship with Jesus Christ
  2. Give evidence of that relationship in their daily life
  3. Be an active participant in their local church, have experience with or currently involved in local church youth ministry program
  4. Be willing to learn new skills and take risks in leadership roles
  5. Be willing to make PYCC a priority in their schedules and be regular in attendance at meetings and events (see attendance policy)
  6. Be willing to make a minimum of a one (1) year commitment
  7. Have a current criminal background check on file with the home congregation
  8. Be willing to sign the sexual misconduct form
  9. Be a member of a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Presbytery of New Covenant
  10. Be at least 23 years of age.
Churches may select and endorse up to three (3) adults

Term of Service

Youth will serve for a one (1) year term with an option to apply to serve up to three (3) years from August 1st through April 30th each year.

Adults will serve for a one (1) year term with an option of serving an additional one (1) year term from August 1st through April 30th each year.

Attendance Policy

  • Two unexcused absences will be grounds for dismissal from the council. 

(Unexcused absences are considered those in which members did not notify the Presbyterian Center at least 24 hours prior to a meeting they will miss).

  • A total of 3 absences (excused or unexcused) may be grounds for dismissal.

Youth Connection Council members are expected to attend the following:

  • 2 planning retreats
  • Youth Rally  
  • 7 meetings
  • 2 Youth Conclaves

Financial Cost

There is some financial cost for participation in the council activities. The participant's share is $250, which covers the cost of two planning retreats and two conclave weekends.  Congregations are encouraged to pay this fee or a portion thereof on behalf of their youth and adults.  A check for $100 payable to "Presbytery of New Covenant," should accompany each application.  Write "PYCC: (name)" in the memo.

Applications

Application packets are mailed to churches each May for the next school year’s council.  Rising 10-12th graders are encouraged to apply for the 2015-2016 PYCC.
Download the 2017-2018 Application Packet
Youth Application | Adult Application

The Application Packet includes lots of good information including the application, FAQs, and Questions to Consider.

Deadline & Submissions

The church should submit the following for each endorsed applicant by July 1, 2017.
All returning PYCC members must complete new paperwork.

For YOUTH Applicants:

  • Youth PYCC Application Form
  • Youth Medical Consent Form
  • Parent Consent & Photo Release Form
  • $100 deposit

For ADULT Applicants:

  • Adult PYCC Application Form
  • Copy of Background Check Report
  • Adult Disclosure Information Form
  • $100 deposit

Please send paperwork and deposits to:
Attn: PYCC
Presbytery of New Covenant
1110 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Presbyterian Center is located at 1110 Lovett Blvd, Houston TX 77006

Ministry team moderators and Co-Mods meet at 8:30 a.m. on meeting days.

Send request for excused absences to kblankman@pbyofnewcovenant.org

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