2017 theme: “More Than Enough.”
Verse: Psalm 139:13-18
Guided by encouraging adult mentors, youth participants select from five leadership groups (worship, music, drama, small-group or recreation) in which to work throughout the week to plan and implement the conference activities. Finding our strengths is a journey that can lead to serving right where God needs us most.
At Mo-TLC, we invite youth to seek out their gifts and to be creative in utilizing them throughout all areas of worship. Whether it be through singing, studying, praying or playing, we are Christ’s disciples, reflecting God’s love in all we do. Mo-TLC is open to youth who have completed 9th grade through those who have just graduated from high school. Registration per church is limited to five youth and their sponsors.
- Develop leadership skills that will honor God in all activities of our faith journeys
- Learn to lead with others so that youth look beyond themselves to find the potential of the community
- Provide safe opportunities for youth to experiment and plan activities and worship that reflect their faith in God
Age Group: Completed 9th-12th grades
Worship Leader: Megan McMillan
Megan was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Christian Education and Religion from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. She is currently a second year seminary student at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Prior to her seminary career, she served as a Director of Youth Ministries for five years at two different churches back in South Carolina. Starting in May, she will serve at Mo-Ranch as the year-long seminary chaplain intern. In her free time when she is not reading for school, she enjoys hiking, running, and spending time with her two dogs Winnie and Cooper. She loves Mo and is excited to spend a week worshiping with you all!
Thomas Riggs is the Director of Communications and Director of Youth Ministries for First Presbyterian Church in Grapevine, TX. He is a twenty-five year veteran of professional youth ministry in the Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian denominations. Tom is a native of both Kansas and Texas and is a graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Tom is a co-founder of The Center for Youth Ministry, a training program for beginning youth ministers. Most recently, Tom was on the staff of Grace Presbytery, serving in the area of Church Professional Support. Tom has been a volunteer for Presbytery youth events, Bible Study Leader at Camp Gilmont and Rec Leader at Mo-TLC. Tom has authored for Congregational Ministries Publishing and Westminster John Knox Press, having written several chapters of Senior High and Junior High curriculum.Tom and his wife Audrey celebrated their 30th anniversary in the summer of 2014. They have two children, Grace (a junior at St. Mary’s University) and Mary (who attend schools in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD). Tom loves to cook, kick around on social media, go for long walks in the mornings, and listen to great music. Tom is a PA Announcer at the Texas Rangers Youth Ballpark and is an avid fan of the Texas Rangers, co-hosting of a fan-based podcast<http://www.scrubbrushleague.com/> about his beloved team. You can find Tom’s weblog at https://anglibyerian.squarespace.com
Audrey Burnett Harris was a youth director for a total of 10 years at two wonderful churches. Now she is preparing to move to Austin with her husband Jeff and their dog Potter where she will start at Austin Seminary in the fall. Audrey loves the Texas Rangers, making up silly songs, and helping others feel comfortable in their own skin. Mo Ranch is one of her favorite places and she’s really looking forward to leading drama for TLC.
Rev. Katie Barrett Todd is Associate University Minister at Nebraska Wesleyan University and an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She holds a M.Div and MACE from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Katie has served churches and campus ministries in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky. She currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband Mason, also a pastor, and her two children. Katie loves to write, read in a hammock which usually leads to a nap, talk Disney, and usually is happier in the mornings with a cup of coffee nearby. But, more than anything, she’s very excited about her first trip to Mo Ranch
Music: Mason Todd
Rev. Mason Todd is minister in the Homestead Presbytery, Ne. His Seminary Education is from Union Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Mason has served churches in South Carolina, Kentucky, and Nebraska. He currently lives in Lincoln, Ne with is beautiful wife, Rev. Katie Barrett Todd, and their two young children.
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Conference participants will be housed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be asked for your preference for group/dorm housing and we will do our best to honor that preference. In order to get best use of the housing facilities we have available, please note your group may be housed with other youth groups in dorm/group housing.
Dorm/Group Housing: $490
Registration & Cancellation Policy
Registration for youth conferences is by group only on a first-come basis.
A deposit of $75 per person is accepted until 60 days prior to the conference. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event or upon registration if within 60 days.
A list of participants must be provided 30 days prior to the start of the conference. Initial housing assignments will be conditional upon numbers/gender ratios remaining constant. Male for female or female for male substitutions are not guaranteed.
Full refund less $75 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.
Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.
Arrival & Departure
Arrive and check-in between 4 and 6 p.m. on the day the conference begins. One sponsor per group should check-in their group. Youth will wait for their group leader in a designated area. Groups will be able to move into their housing facilities no earlier than 4 p.m. Conferences begin with dinner at 6 p.m. and end mid-morning on the day of departure.
You will need a ratio of 1:5; 1 adult sponsor per 5 youth. Adult sponsors must also register and pay for the conference. The number of adult sponsors must correspond to the gender numbers in the group they are bringing. 5 boys and 3 girls would mean at least 1 male and 1 female sponsor. Sponsors are not housed in the same room as youth participants.
While we recognize clothing is one way young people express themselves, we expect them to do so in ways that honor themselves as well as the kind of community we are building during our youth conferences. We ask participants (both youth and adult sponsors) to dress comfortably for the weather, but also modestly.
Please refrain from wearing clothing:
- that is too revealing like: short shorts, bikinis, strapless tops or dresses, shirts that allow for a bare midriff, pants worn below the waist line
- that advertises alcohol or tobacco products
- that contains language demeaning or ridiculing someone’s gender, sexuality or ethnic origin
For recreation events, all participants are expected to wear shirts. Participants out of line with dress standards will be asked to change clothes or put on an over-layer that provides adequate coverage.
Youth will be asked to take a swim check at the pool during the check-in period. For easy access, youth should remember to pack swimsuits on top. Swimmer and non-swimmer wristbands will be issued to all participants. All youth participants must take the swim check even if they are 18 years of age. Participants not wishing to take the swim check must go to the pool to be given a non-swimmer wristband. Wristbands provide guest identification to our staff and act as meal tickets in the dining hall, and must be worn by guests at all times. Please note Mo-Ranch’s appropriate dress standards when packing swim suits.
Stuff to Bring
Water bottles! Bible, casual clothes, closed-toe shoes for ropes course, swim suit (swim trunks for males, no bikinis for females. “Tankinis” are acceptable so long as no midriff is showing), swim towel, river shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, flashlight, toiletries, notebook, spending money, and a camera.
Electronic devices include, but are not limited to: cell phones, tablets, mp3 players and handheld games.
The use of personal electronic devices affect not only the person using the device but others around them. Using an electronic device for activities unrelated to the conference can be disruptive and disrespectful. Mo-Ranch encourages groups to leave personal electronics at home. We ask that any electronic devices brought to the conference be kept on silent or turned off during all scheduled events (keynote, small group, worship, vespers, etc.) Distracting personal electronics may be collected by conference staff and turned in to a sponsor. Mo-Ranch or its representatives will not assume responsibility for devices that are lost, stolen, damaged and/or confiscated.
Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.
If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.
Please complete steps 1-4 to complete your registration.
Step #1: Reserve your housing
Email/Mail Registration Form
Download the registration form and return to the conference registrar.Download Group Registration FormRegistration form and payment may be mailed, emailed or faxed to the program office. Make checks payable to Mo-Ranch.
Mo-Ranch Program Office, Attn: Registrar
2229 FM 1340, Hunt, TX 78024
For help or questions about registration, contact the registrar at email@example.com or 800-460-4401 x 246.
A church may register for multiple conferences on one form.
Register OnlineRegister for Mo-TLC Please note when registering online, use of a credit card to make a deposit of $75 per person is required in order to register online. If this is not possible, or you need to pay with a check, please use the downloadable forms.
If you are registering within 60 days of the beginning of the conference you must pay in full with a credit card when using the online system. If this is not possible, please use the downloadable forms to register your group.
Step #2: Submit participant names
A list of participants must be submitted 60 days prior to the start of the conference. Please use the template provided by the link below. Fill it in, save it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.Download Youth Conference Group Name Template
Step #3: Sponsor Background Checks
Each sponsor is required to have a background check on file before arriving at Mo-Ranch. Every background check must have been run within 12 months of the conference and include social security number verification, a criminal super search (includes Nationwide Sex Offender Registry search) and a terrorist search. If needed, Mo-Ranch is able to complete the background check for each sponsor. The sponsor will need to complete an authorization form and pay an $14 non-refundable fee. Background checks are due as early as possible. Authorization forms are accepted up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the conference.Download Youth Conference Sponsor Background Check Form
Step #4: Participant paperwork
All youth participants must have their guardian complete the Health/Release Form and sign the Participant Covenant.
All adult sponsors must complete and turn in all three forms below: participant covenant, health/release form and child protection form.
Please submit paperwork for all youth and adults no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the conference, to email@example.com.
30-days-prior dates for 2017:
Mo-TLC = May 12
Youth Celebration = May 26
Jr. High Jubilee I = June 4
Multi-Cultural Youth Conference = June 6
Jr. High Jubilee II = June 9
Young Disciples’ Confirmation Camp = June 24
It is Mo-Ranch’s goal that anyone, regardless of financial limitations, be able to have a Mo-Ranch experience. We encourage those who wish to attend a camp or conference, but cannot afford the full cost to let us know of your need by filling out the scholarship form. While funds are limited, we will make every effort to help you participate in our unique and vibrant ministry. In addition to applying for funds from Mo-Ranch, you may also want to check with your home church as many have funds budgeted to help members attend camps and conferences. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us by phone at 1.800.460.4401.Download Scholarship Application