youth ministry in west texas and New Mexico

Welcome to the youth ministry section of the TRA web site.  As of October 31, 2018, churches in New Mexico and West Texas will share ministry officially only for Youth, mostly for camps. Below you will find a  photo gallery of previous events, information on current and upcoming events as well as information about registering (once available) and applying for scholarships for retreats, rallys, and camp. You can find helpful resources for children and youth in the resource section of the website.


Mid-winter Youth Retreat: 

Gratitude Can Change Your Attitude...In So Many Ways


Sponsored by the Tres Rios Area, open to all in New Mexico or West Texas churches

Feb. 15, 7:30- Feb. 16, 4:30 pm

FCC, Ruidoso, NM

$25.00

Optional Sat. afternoon tubing!

(Additional $22 plus tax)

Register at your church by Feb. 10

Scholarships of up to $15 are available, from the Austin Park Foundation, by applying through the scholarship form below the 2019 Event List below. 





2019 Events:
June 10-15 Chi Rho (Middle School) and CYF (High School) Camp at Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat
June Grand Beginnings (Grandparents with their grandchildren)
Eighters camp (For youth completing eigth grade, aka, "Created to be Me" Camp, celebrating and teaching responsibility about our God-given sexuality) ( go to www.disciplescrossing.org for registration)
June 23-27 JYF (Junior Youth Fellowship) Camp at Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat
July 8-13 CYLS (for selected high school leaders) at Disciple Crossing, Athens, TX
DSM (Disciple Summer Mission  (go to http://www.disciplesummermission.org for registration)
July 23-28 CYLS at LBCR










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scholarships

Various scholarships are available for participants and churches who may need financial assistance to attend events.  Please fill out the form and provide as much information as possible.  The Regional Connection Minister and/or Director of the event, your pastor, and scholarship entity will review your application and contact you.  Please apply for scholarships as soon as possible.


Scholarship request form

area officers for youth council

Applications are currently closed for Area Officers (AO's) for the Mission West Ministry Youth Council for the 2018 - 2019 camping season.  Applicants must be a sophmore, junior or senior starting in the fall of 2019 and have attended a CYF Conference Summer Camp in its entirety prior to his/her election OR attend the 2019 Mission West Summer camp.  


youth resources



Download the updated 2016 version of  Best Practices for Outdoor Ministry. 2015 Best Practices for Outdoor & Youth Ministries is stored here for transparency purposes.  These policies are reviewed periodically.  


We hope you will join us in these discussions, evaluations, and dreaming of how God is calling us to outdoor and youth ministries.




Previous Meetings and Notes


January 22-23, 2016 from 9 pm on Friday Night to Saturday late afternoon at Ceta Canyon in Ceta Lodge to evaluate the last retreat/rally and continue to plan for 2016 for Mission West as well as Tres Rios, Hi Plains, and Central Areas events and discuss details about camping ministry. 

September 11-12, 2015 from 9 pm CST on Friday Night to Saturday late afternoon at Ceta Canyon in Ceta Lodge to evaluate 2014-2015 camps and rallies and plan for 2015-2016 for the Tres Rios, Hi Plains, and Central Areas. Download the Meeting Agenda. Download the Report given to Mission West Common Mission Board on 8/20/2015. Download the Meeting Notes


January 10, 2015 from 10:30 am to 2pm at FCC Lubbock 2323 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401. The new Directors Manual was reviewed and house keeping for the 2015 camping season will took place. MW Youth Meeting Notes 01102015


August 23, 2015 from 10 am to 2pm Westmont Christian Church, 4808 Utica Avenue, Lubbock, Tx 79414. Decision making and calendar setting for Area & Mission West camps for Fall 2014 and 2015. Area Committee’s and Sub Committee’s should meet before this date to have recommendations to bring to the Mission West Youth committee. MW Youth Meeting Notes 08232014.


May 10, 2014 from 10 am to 2pm Mission West Office, 2717 Stanley, Ste. A, Amarillo, TX 79109. Presentation of camps from other Region’s and other Denominations for Area Committee’s & Mission West Youth to Consider for 2015 and beyond.


Report from Conversation about the Future of Camping in Mission West Released 10/9/2013

On Saturday, October 5, 2013 leaders from the Hi-Plains, Tres Rios and Central Areas youth and outdoor ministry committees met for relationship building and a discussion of how God is calling us to engage in outdoor ministry for the years to come. We spent time sharing stories of how we came to love camping ministries, what we thought the purpose was in outdoor ministry and made sure our concerns would be addressed in this time together. We also discussed what we can improve upon and what we do well. There were also different types of camp models shared to take back to our areas to discuss what most interests our areas and what we can do better together.... Read more


“Positive Possibilities for Mission West Camps & Retreats” by Don Wilson

“Mission West” is an adventure in ministry shared between the Central, Hi Plains and Tres Rios Areas of the Christian Church in the Southwest. To be more accurate, “Mission West” will be a collaboration of sharing and support among the congregations who minister in these three Areas... Read more





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