* Now open to churches outside Arizona!

A summer-long contest among local church youth groups in the Southwest. The friendly competition among sister churches encourages teens to stay active in their youth groups throughout the summer. After a summer off from this program, we are back with a new more-compact Challenge, ready to see what the teenagers of the Southwest can do for the Lord this summer! In 2016, teenagers from the churches involved brought 230 visitors to church, distributed 7,050 gospel tracts, and memorized 7,150 Bible verses. They also attended 6,800 church servcies and read their Bibles for a collective 5,650 days.

2018 Southwest Youth Challenge Information

Dates: June 10- July 21

Must enter by: May 25   Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let us know.

Fee: $75 per church due by June 6

Open to: Fundamental, likeminded churches in the Southwest Region

Ages: Generally includes junior and high school age young people. Contact us about special situations. Youth pastors and leaders can motivate but may not contribute points for their groups.

Categories Judged: Church/activity attendance, Visitors brought to church, Scripture memory, Scripture reading from a designated schedule, Gospel tract distribution

Prizes: 1st prize is $400 for your youth group. Motivate your youth by announcing how you would use the money. A special activity or trip? New equipment for the youth room? Maybe a complete youth room makeover! 2nd Prize receives $100. There are additional prizes for bonus weeks and the 2-week Indivual Challenge within the Challenge.

Youth Challenge Retreat: As a special follow up to the Challenge, why not bring your young people to West Branch in Williams, Arizona, for an overnight retreat! First and second place churches come free. Third place comes for half-price. Only churches entered in the Challenge are eligible to come. Attendance is not mandatory to enter the Challenge.

Special Opportunity: We are looking for YOU to produce a short video to be shown to all Youth Challenge churches to motivate their involvement in the event. Winning church will be given FREE entry into the Challenge. Contact us for video details and requirements. Entries due June 1.


2016 Arizona Youth Challenge Results

1st Place: Gateway Baptist Church, Humboldt

2nd Place: Tohono O'odham Baptist Church, Casa Grande

3rd Place: Signs of Life Baptist Church, Phoenix

4th Place: Valley Baptist Church, Mesa

What Others Have Said:

The ARIZONA YOUTH CHALLENGE has been a great program for our teens to stay focused during the summer months. Each teen will be challenged to memorize scripture, invite friends, and genuinely walk with the Lord. We look forward to participating in THE CHALLENGE for many years and highly recommend any church from our state to join in with us! —Youth Pastor, Southern Arizona

The YOUTH CHALLENGE was an excellent way for us to keep our youth faithful during the summer; it was just what was needed to keep our teens growing in between VBS, camps, and school. It helped us bring in visitors and see unity among teens. —Pastor, Phoenix Valley

$400 cash prize for 1st place!

$100 for 2nd place.

1st and 2nd place also receive free registration for the Southwest Youth Challenge Retreat, October 12-13, at West Branch! Third place comes for half-price. All churches in the Youth Challenge are eligible to attend.
Grand Prize


Special bonus week prizes will also be awarded as well as
prizes to winners of the individual Challenge weeks.


Previous Winners:

2016-- Gateway Baptist Church, Humboldt

2015-- Open Door Baptist Church, Catalina

2014-- Signs of Life Baptist Church, Phoenix

2013-- Northland Baptist Church, Flagstaff

2011 & 2012-- Open Door Baptist Church, Catalina

2010-- Mountain Side Baptist Church, Surprise

2009-- Tohono O'odham Baptist Church, Casa Grande

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