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Prayer and Feasting
12:00 PM
Youth Leaders gathering to share a meal together and worship -- no other agenda -- this month at Ridgecrest Baptist Church -- see the Facebook group event to RSVP




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Welcome to 417 Youth Leaders Network Online!  We have a new name and a new focus.


...continues to be the catch phrase for this ministry. Working together as youth leaders, churches and organizations in the 417 region of Missouri, we can be more effective.

Our Mission:
To unite and encourage youth leaders as we minister and equip students to impact our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


"The youth leaders network has given me the opportunity to use my gifts to serve in Kingdom work outside the scope of my church position. It is vitally important that we partner together to accomplish what we cannot do apart... I have seen dozens of students come to know the Lord as a result of the efforts of the Youth Leaders Network!"

Local Youth Minister, Springfield, MO

Contact Us  
417 Youth Leaders Network
P.O. Box 9893
Springfield, Missouri 65801
Telephone: 417 848 0239
Email Us
Regular Schedule  
  • Fellowship luncheon with "no strings" gathering, Tue. Nov. 18, noon, Prima's on S. Glenstone -- bus. session at 11:15
Coordinator at National "Accelerate Summit"

Network Coordinator Doug Watson will be participating in the national summit of student ministry and youth leaders "Accelerate Summit," meeting in Plano, Texas in early November.  You can read more about this at  He will be part of a gathering of leaders from across America seeking to collborate and connect concerning reaching students for Christ, centered around America's campuses.  Please be in prayer for this event, and that God would reveal his direction and plan for touching the lives of our youth in new ways.  Thank you in advance for our Network and its part in supporting Doug's trip, representing SW Missouri and our 417 area communities.

Held at the new Doling Park / Northview Center in north Springfield!  Just over 250 students from 14 area churches had a great night.  Tim Gardner and Rick Acord were the champs of the Youth Pastor "berserk" challenge!  Thanks to our prize supporters CPO, Chick-Fil-A, Whole Hog BBQ and Colton's Steak House.  Also to Bill's Extreme Paintball and Laser Tag and "Remnant Band" for their part in the event.  Look a for "Survey Monkey" questionaire checking out what you thought and helping us plan for next year! 

Be sure to check out the list of nearly 20 discounts arranged just for youth leaders who are Contributing Members of the 417 Youth Leaders Network!  Special rates and prices are offered for a variety of retailers, including restaurants, caterers, printing, t-shirts and specialty printing, amusements and games, and even a mortagage loan company! 

You've got to get one of our cards and take advantage of these businesses this year!  See the "Membership" and "Youth Leader Discount Card" links under the Info Center menu above!

Memberships, Discount Cards & Support

Involvement in our area Network is always free, but for those who make a donation to become a Contributing Member, you'll receive our discount card for area retailers, including cards for your family as well!   See the retailer list under Info Center above.

We also offer a voting membership to each "Contributing Member" and request your attendance at FOUR quarterly business sessions during the year to conduct 417YLN business.  PLEASE consider joining us for this important position when you make your contribution!

It's SO IMPORTANT to have the support of your church, organization or individual donations to help this ministry and our Coordinator continue their effective work around our region.  All donations are tax-deductable.  This support helps our ministry continue to serve area youth leaders and their teens, underwrite large group events, and maintain communication and fellowship opportunities.

We now have a Credit / Debit Card option to make your membership or other donation, go to this link:  You may also send donations and special contributions to the mailing address on this page.  Forms and documents for downloads concerning Membership or Church Donations can be found under the Info Center tab above.  Thank you in advance for your gifts and support!

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