Christian Youth In Action (CYIA)

Christian Youth In Action (CYIA)
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CYIA™ - A Summer Missions Program

How are you spending your summer? As relaxing as it may be to enjoy your summer break at the pool or hang out with friends, what if you chose instead to make an eternal impact in the lives of kids right where you live? Teens and college age students from Middle Tennessee and all across Tennessee are coming together to reach the boys and girls right here in your state and local community– and YOU can be a part of this team!
What is CYIA?

Christian Youth In Action (CYIA) is exactly what it sounds like – Christian youth actively involved in making a difference in the lives of America’s 50 million unchurched children! CYIA is a program designed to train you and a team of other young people in effective and engaging ways to teach children about God. Every year, two-thirds of all children under the age of 14 never attend church or Sunday School. You can make an eternal difference in the lives of these children by serving as a CYIA summer missionary with Child Evangelism Fellowship, leading and teaching 5-Day Clubs. You can watch videos about CYIA at

For five consecutive days, 60-90 minutes each day, children gather in various places around the community to hear dynamic Bible lessons, sing songs, learn Scripture memory verses, listen to missionary stories, and hear the Gospel clearly presented. Clubs can be held in churches, parks, community centers, backyards, or other safe locations.Learn more about 5-Day Clubs HERE

The Training Program: The summer begins with one week of specialized training at Linden Valley Conference Center in Linden, TN (May 26-31, 2024). Young people, ages 12 through early college, learn how to share the Gospel using the Wordless Book. Summer missionaries are also trained to teach Bible lessons, memory verses, missionary stories, songs, and games. It is both meaningful AND fun!

The Mission Trip: After returning home, you will put this training to good use, working with your fellow summer missionaries to lead 5-Day Clubs for a few weeks in your local area. The exact weeks that you serve and number of clubs per week will vary based upon how your team comes together and the availability of ministry locations in your local area.

If you have a heart for ministry and want to team up with other young people to reach the children in your community, then the CYIA summer missions program is for you!


  • Be 12 years of age through early college.
  • Have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Have a desire to work with children.
  • Raise financial support to cover training expenses.
  • Complete the CYIA application.
  • Be approved by your local CEF office.
  • Complete local and state CYIA training.

Camp costs $350 and covers lodging, meals, ministry kit, training materials, and a CYIA t-shirt. We encourage CYIA missionaries to invite others to financially partner with them in ministry and we can assist in raising the needed funds.

Before you apply, contact us at the Middle Tennessee chapter office to ask any questions you or your parents might have about the program. Then click HERE to access the application.


We want to assure you that we will take good care of your children. CEF directors and other staffers lead all of our training, and we will be with them every step of the way. We also endeavor to select ministry locations that are safe and manageable. Even though 5-Day Clubs are led by CYIA summer missionaries, there will be fully-screened adults assisting and providing “back-up” as needed.Please feel free to contact me personally with any questions!

Download this year’s CYIA brochure

If you would like to view or download a copy of the 2023 CYIA brochure with all of the information for this year’s programs, you can click on the brochure below to open it up and then right click on the image and select “Save image as”. Then select the folder you want to download it to and click SAVE

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