Overview and Objectives

We are elated to announce that we have been invited to convene on the beautiful campus of Delta State University in the city of Cleveland, MS. Delta State is one of the nation's premier universities and enjoys a national and international reputation for academic excellence. The theme for the 2015 Mississippi State Youth Conference is, "Powered Up: Powered Down For What? Christian Youth Living Life on Holy Spirit Maximum (Galatians 5:13-26).

We anticipate a fantastic time of Christian fellowship on this great campus of Delta State University at the 23rd Annual Mississippi State Youth Conference.

Objectives of the Mississippi State Youth Conference

  • To become acquainted with saints from other geographical areas within the state who share the same interests.
  • To share ideas with one another.
  • To help guide youth in the direction of God by providing mature Christian teachers.
  • To give youth the privilege of self-expression and the opportunity to exhibit their God-given talents.
  • To instill youth with the desire to have Christian companions.
  • To motivate youth to serve God.
  • To enlighten one's outlook with self-determination and self-esteem.

Registration Fees

Registration fees for the youth conference will be $75.00 for the youth (13-20) and for qualified counselors. The registration fee includes: food, housing, t-shirts and pageant admission. The fee is a firm commitment and cannot be changed. NO YOUTH WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY OF THE PROGRAMS WITHOUT REGISTERING WITH THE CONFERENCE. The State Directors must make definite commitments to the University; THEREFORE THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION WILL BE APRIL 15, 2015.

A LATE REGISTRATION FEE OF $10.00 WILL BE CHARGED FOR PERSONS REGISTERING AFTER APRIL 15, 2015, MAKING THE TOTAL REGISTRATION FEE $85.00. REGISTRATION CANNOT BE COMPLETED UNTIL THE TOTAL REGISTRATION FEE IS SUBMITTED IN FULL ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE. All payment of registration funds must be made by way of cash, cashier's check, money order or church check, made payable to The Mississippi State Youth Conference. Do not send personal checks. Accommodations on campus may be limited to specific number. Therefore, those who register first will be considered first.

DUE TO OUR HAVING PRE-PLANNED ARRANGEMENTS, THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS AFTER REGISTRATION. REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE IS DESIRED OF EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS. FOR THOSE WHO REGISTER AND PAY THE FULL FEE THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL COST FOR ANY CONFERENCE ACTIVITY. HOWEVER, FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND ONLY FOR THE PAGEANT, A FEE OF $10.00 WILL BE ASSESSED. THIS FEE EXCLUDES PARENTS OF THE CONTESTANTS; HOWEVER, THE NAME OF PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF CONTESTANTS COMPETING MUST BE SENT IN WITH REGISTRATION PACKETS.

Rules and Regulations

Because a good understanding prevents a misunderstanding, please note that the rules and regulations of the Mississippi State Youth Conference will be strictly enforced. Conference officials strongly suggest that counselors copy and distribute this list of guidelines to all participating adults, youth and parents.

Counselors' Guidelines & Decorum

In view of the importance of conduct issues, the role of the counselors becomes extremely pronounced and important. The role of a good counselor, during the weekend of the conference is very rewarding. As we know, this will certainly not be a vacation because of the welfare of the youth whose responsibility we have assumed for this weekend.

Special Housing Notes

Males and females will be housed in separate dormitories. The dormitory rooms are equipped with single beds and are designed to sleep one person in each bed. When we will have vacated the University premises, we wish to be welcomed to return. Because of this desire, it is expected that our conduct be above reproach. Please see that your room is left perfectly clean. WE ARE ASKING THAT ALL COUNSELORS GIVE SPECIAL ATTENTION TO ROOM CLEAN-UP BEFORE VACATING THE DORMITORY AREA. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 WILL BE ALLOWED TO SLEEP IN THE DORMITORIES. Special accommodations are available for youth under 12, their parents/guardians, and/or counselors. You will be responsible for reserving your lodging accommodations at the hotels.

Essay Guidelines

High school seniors from each congregation are encouraged to write an essay for this year's conference. We would like to encourage all youth, especially seniors, to excel in written communication skills. What better way to start than by writing an essay for the Conference. Guidelines are provided to help each youth present a quality essay on the current Mississippi State Youth Conference theme, "Powered Up: Powered Down For What?-Christian Youth Living Life on Holy Spirit Maximum (Galatians 5:13-26).

Pageant Guidelines

It is the purpose of this part of the youth conference to stimulate and promote that inner Christian ability in every youth to a higher ground. Through Christian competitions, each one should recognize the talent GOD has given us for the strengthening of the Body of Christ and for His honor and glory.