Presbytery of the James's Youth Council (POJ YoCo) develops youth leadership through learning, volunteer service, and fellowship.

Jess Cook
Interim Associate for Youth Ministry


Apply Now to Join Youth Council

Applications are being accepted for youth interested in serving on Youth Council for 2021-2022. Participation is open to high school students who are members of a Presbytery of the James congregation or have a connection to Camp Hanover, such as involvement in the Pathfinders program or attendance at a youth retreat. Youth Council meets monthly through June, planning and hosting events for youth across the presbytery. Contact Jess Cook for more information.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium

One of Youth Council’s emphases this year is preparing for the 2022 Presbyterian Youth Triennium, July 24-27 in Indianapolis. The theme for Triennium is “When Did We See You?” Taken from Jesus’s Judgment of the Nations as depicted in Matthew 25:31-46, the theme is designed to engage young people with the mission priorities at the heart of PC(USA)’s Matthew 25 initiative: dismantling structural racism, eradicating systemic poverty, and building congregational vitality.

Youth in grades 8-12 for the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to attend. In addition, adults are needed to serve as chaperones. Anyone interested in participating should contact Jess Cook, associate for youth ministry, to learn more.

Costs: $600 per youth, $200 per adult. Plans are still in development and we hope scholarships and fundraising can reduce expenses. Youth and youth leaders: invite your congregation to support you in attending this powerful event.

How Will You Support Youth Ministry in 2021-2022?

Here are a few ideas for congregations:
  • Invite youth to lead worship and speak out on issues they care about;
  • Ordain youth as ruling elders in your congregation;
  • Reach out to young people in your midst to encourage them
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Adult Volunteers Needed

Are you excited about youth ministry? Want to help with the organizing and leadership of youth events in POJ? Help guide the work of Youth Council's teens.

Save the Date

Presbyterian Youth Triennium
July 24-27, 2022
Indianapolis, IN