What past participants have said about

Texas Youth Academy

TYA helped me understand that ministry is a term which encompasses any way which God plans to use you to His glory. Not just pastors or clergy are part of ministry, and you don't even need a title to do all the ministry that God has in store for you. All you need to do is watch and prepare yourself by entering into a relationship with Him and the people who are as excited as you are about His involvement in our lifes.

TYA is something I think about daily, and not lightly at that. I can truly say that TYA changed my life because of the impact it had on me and my passion for ministry and the Bible. I realized the approaches I've taken to ministry and the thoughts I have on theology have been shaped due to my experience at TYA. It has caused me to think about God's will for my life and how I can make a difference within the church as a part of the body. The things I learned at TYA are things I never want to let go of which is why I want to continue to expand my learning in seminary. TYA is my family and I wouldn't be where I am today without it.

 During TYA God was calling me to go outside of my comfort zone. Afterwards, I felt a calling to take further responsibility within my church.

 TYA introduced me to the impact that a strong community of faith can have. A true community, one where love and support is unconditional. That sense of family -- of total trust and love, the type that can really only come from God -- changes your life in the most unexpected ways. It requires vulnerability and being there for people at their lowest points, but love is unbelievably overwhelming. I don't know if I'll ever find a family as genuine as my TYA family, but TYA taught me to value every person in my life with that type of selfless love that requires strength that only God can give. And my faith is stronger for it because I know that I couldn't ever hope to have the strength or courage to be like that without God being in control.

TYA affected my faith because it helped me gain a deeper understanding of what I believed and how I can use my passion for Christ for ministry.

 TYA made my faith a lot stronger. I was more knowledgeable about the Bible afterwards and I was able to connect religion and political or social issues that were going on in the world together.