Kansas City, Missouri

July 2-6, 2018

About Challenge

Challenge is the national gathering for students entering 7th through completion of 12th grade. It has proven to be a catalytic environment challenging students to live on mission with God every day, everywhere, forever.


Challenge 2018 will be hosted at the Kansas City Convention Center, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The center is conveniently located near our hotels, and provides an incredible environment for students and leaders.

This Kansas City map shows you where the convention center and hotels are located in Kansas City.


Check out the Voices page to learn more about the speakers and artists that will be at Challenge 2018!


Challenge is a life-changing experience. Learn from the weathered pros how to take advantage of everything there is to offer. Download this free leader planning guide!


Registration is now closed. If you have questions regarding a current reservation, email challenge@efca.org. To view your reservation, log into Ultracamp and click the “Reservations” tab at the top.

Everyone attending Challenge must complete the permission/waiver form. Have your leaders and students/parents fill out this permission/waiver form by May 19.


Prior to June 8, email housing@ihs-housingteam.com with questions regarding your reservation. After June 8, contact your hotel directly.

To receive tax exempt status on your hotel bill, be sure to call your hotel prior to arriving in July and bring your church’s tax exempt form with when you check-in.


Your Week at a Glance

Mon, July 2 Tues-Fri
7-9 a.m. Breakfast (included with registration)
8:30 a.m. Youth Worker Update (Monday & Wednesday)
9:30 a.m. Morning Gathering
11 a.m. The Huddle (time to meet with just your group)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch (included with registration)
1 p.m.-5 p.m. Registration Afternoon Options
- Outreach
- Equipping Labs
- Rec Sports
- Apex Experience
- Trinity International University lounge
- Free Time
4:45-6:30 p.m. Dinner (on your own) Dinner (included with registration)
5:30 - 7 p.m. Prayer Moves
7 p.m. Evening Gathering
9-9:45 p.m. The Huddle
9:45-11 p.m. Evening Options
11:30 p.m. In hotels
Midnight In rooms and quiet
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Afternoon Options


We have the opportunity to significantly impact the people of Kansas City. Groups can sign up for opportunities to minister through service and prayer.

Prayer outreach is intercessory and evangelism based outreach utilizing prayer stations and prayer walking. Training is provided.

Service projects mobilize groups to serve with their hands, muscles, and servant hearts. Projects include restoring parks and playgrounds, working with homeless shelters, partnering with other city organizations, and coming alongside of local churches as an extension into their communities.

Pre-registration is required.

Outreach FAQ's

Equipping Labs

Take advantage of a great selection of labs addressing a wide variety of topics. No registration needed – just show up to the lab of your choice!

Equipping Lab Topics

Rec Sports

During scheduled Rec times (afternoons and evenings), we will have open play in archery tag, gaga ball, and 9-square. Students are welcome to come and go as they please.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, we will have organized tournaments in volleyball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, whiffle ball and basketball. Pre-registration is required for tournaments and will take place when you arrive at Challenge.

Rec Tournament Rules

Apex Experience

God is boldly moving throughout the whole earth to bring people of every tribe, language and nation to Himself (Revelation 7:9). This 60-minute, hands-on experience will engage students with what God is doing around the world—and specifically in the Middle East among refugees.

Learn more about Apex Missions.

Apex Experience is available Noon – 6:00 p.m. daily.

Trinity International University

Trinity International University is a proud partner of Challenge and plays a major role in making the conference a memorable experience. By providing a space for students to learn, play and grow, Trinity cultivates an environment where lifelong relationships are made.

At Challenge, you’ll see members of the Trinity community leading workshops on hard-to-handle topics. Our admissions team is also available around the clock to help students prepare for and navigate their college search. In the midst of it all, you’ll see Trinity students and staff having a blast with Challenge attendees in spaces we’ve designed specifically for students to have FUN! There are lounge areas, games and prizes for students to take advantage of throughout the week. There is never a dull moment.


Serve at Challenge

Want to volunteer? We have lots of opportunities to use your skill sets and willingness to serve thousands of students experience Jesus.

Learn more