I can honestly say that my YMCP experience has been the best educational, support, confirmation, encouragement and opportunity to grow as a youth minister. I was able to share my struggles, concerns and ideas with a group of people who understood me and gave me great hope! I know I have made life-long friends and if I need them they will come alongside me with prayer and encouragement. You cannot put a price tag on that. It was difficult to be away from my family, it took extra effort to open myself up, but it was worth it and I have thanked my pastor numerous times for investing in something that does not produce a “degree” but a relationship with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ!