Youth Ministry

Welcome to Youth Ministry in the Midwest Conference! We strive for each MWC youth worker to be known, connected, and resourced. This page is your source for connecting with leaders and accessing resources. If you’re new to the MWC, we’re excited to get to you know you! 

MWC Youth Ministry Leadership Team 

Network Leaders (Your local contact)
Colorado

– Tom Dierenfeld, Pastor of Student Ministries, Lifespring Covenant Church, Loveland, CO. Contact Tom at: tomdierenfeld@gmail.com

Nebraska

– Deb Bonsall, Youth Leader, Salem Covenant Church, Oakland, NE. Contact Deb at iiafdeb[at]gmail.com

– Coby Fisher, Youth Pastor, First Covenant Churh, Omaha, NE. Contact Coby at pastorcoby[at]firstcovenantomaha.org

Kansas City area

– Nate Severson, Youth Pastor, Hillcrest Covenant Church, Prairie Village, KS. Contact Nate at nseverson[at]hillcrestcov.org

Central Kansas

– Jeremy Elseth, Youth Pastor, ECC, Lindsborg, KS. Contact Jeremy at jnjelseth[@]hotmail.com

Iowa

– Danny Bruggeman, Youth Pastor, Renew Covenant Church, Carroll, IA. Contact Danny at dsbruggeman[at]gmail.com

Admin Support

– Amber Eaton, Salina, KS. Contact Amber at mwcyouthmin@gmail.com

Conference Youth Ministry Coach 
Jim Eaton, Youth Pastor, First Covenant Church, Salina, KS. Contact Jim at jime[at]fccsalina.com

Facebook Groups
Stay connected with the most up-to-date information in our Facebook Groups. They are closed groups, so you will need to add Jim Eaton as a friend, then message Jim to introduce yourself and he’ll add you to the group(s)! 

Events & Resources

Why should you bring your group to conference gatherings? Because connecting as the Church teaches students they are part of something huge, that they have a role to play in God’s work, and exposes them to awesome leadership development opportunities. How will your group plug in? 

Regional Opportunities
Summer camps:
Camp is an amazing experience!
KS/NE/CO churches check out www.cedars.org
Iowa churches check out www.twinlakesbiblecamp.org

24 Hour Rush: 

24 hours of epic fun open to all middle school students specifically designed to help you get to know your incoming 6th or 7th graders. Dates: May 30-31; Cost $50 per student; Location: First Cov, Salina, KS; Contact Jim Eaton with questions at jime@fccsalina.com

Conference-wide Opportunities
September 23-25, 2018- Youth Workers Retreat, Covenant Cedars Bible Camp (FREE!) – contact Jim Eaton for info

November 2-4, 2018 – Middle School Fall Retreat, Covenant Cedars Bible Camp – contact Jim Eaton for info

MS RETREAT MEDIA PACK – Includes: Cover Letter, Editable Brochure, Poster (Coming Soon)

November 16-18, 2018 – High School Fall Retreat, Covenant Cedars Bible Camp – contact Jim Eaton for info

HS RETREAT MEDIA PACK – Includes Cover Letter, Editable Brochure, Poster, (Coming Soon)

Date TBD, Fall 2019 – FACEPLANT (for middle school students) – CLICK HERE for info

Jan. 18-20, 2020 – POWDERBURN (for high school students) – CLICK HERE for info

National Opportunities
CHIC2021 (Covenant High [schoolers] In Christ)
This the ECC’s triennial conference for high school students. It’s incredible! CLICK HERE for info

January 17-20, 2020 – Youth Workers Connection, Denver, CO
YWC is an annual gathering where ECC youth workers connect, learn, grow, and develop into youth workers who raise the bar of youth ministry excellence. YWC is specifically designed to train, connect, and encourage youth workers from all across the denomination. Registration info to be made available at a later date.

International Mission Trips:
Looking to do an international mission trip? We HIGHLY recommend Merge Ministries, which specifically focuses on mission trips for ECC churches and youth groups! CLICK HERE for info