Global's COVID-19 Response (Click below to see a note from Roger!)

Word of Encouragement from Roger!

A Word of Encouragement to Youth Leaders!

I have talked with youth leaders this week from Alaska to Florida who are concerned about how to minister to their youth in a “social distancing” environment.  You have also likely had conversations with fellow youth leaders about how to meet this current challenge.

All these conversations have made me remember a couple of fundamental things about who we are as human beings and who we are in Christ.  God made us to be relational beings, right?  Even God–within the Trinity–is relational, and we are made in His image. We need relationship to be fulfilled! It is how God made us.

Enter Satan. His objective? SEPARATION! Mainly, of course, he wanted to separate us from relationship with a loving God. Just as the coronavirus is crippling and separating us, sin is the ultimate virus and it separates people from God. But what does Romans 8:35-39 say to us as His redeemed ones?

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Let’s remind our students that God is not dependent upon a building or a gathering to speak to us. Let’s encourage our youth to get into the Word in these days. Like, let’s come up with a plan! Some have loads of time on their hands. Why not a “BX90” Challenge?  (Read the whole Bible in 90 days)! And the prize? The winner gets to invite a lost friend to camp for free?! Okay maybe I’m dreaming, but I know church members would give to that! After all, everyone wins!

Bottom line, I love how creatively everyone is thinking during these days. Who knows how God will use this now and in the future? He is definitely up to something. He will certainly not waste this moment.  He may be trying to nudge us out of our comfort zones. Some of our teens may have become too comfortable hidden away in our comfy youth rooms, complete with couches and soft lighting and such.  Aren’t we supposed to be more about going out than getting people to come in anyway?

Here at Global, we are trusting that God will make a way for us to continue with our summer camps just as we have for years. BUT, we are also looking at our assumptions about what is supposed to happen at camp, you know, when we are all gloriously together?! Something BIG is up!

In fact, Global’s book study/theme for summer camp is the Gospel of Mark. As I have been studying to prepare for camp, this thought has been ringing in my spirit: Jesus often told His disciples to “fear not.” He said this a LOT! In fact, on several occasions, as we will study together this summer, Jesus became quite irritated with His disciples for being so slow to look to Christ in faith rather than to look to the circumstances in fear!

Also, Jesus seemed totally focused upon the Cross. You can’t help but feel that in the Gospel of Mark. How many times did Mark use the word, “Immediately”?? Jesus was on a mission!

So, dear friends and fellow youth leaders. Let’s look to God and for God in the midst of this current situation. Let’s point our students to fellowship with God through prayers of BIG faith and through Scripture reading and study (and need I mention Scripture memory?)

We will make it to the other side. And we will have some AMAZING stories to tell…IF we are obedient, faith-filled and forward thinking! I’m praying for you guys. I’m asking for God to MOVE in powerful ways. Join me.

And let us know how we at Global can pray SPECIFICALLY for you and for your families and your ministries. We will pray, I promise. Call me on my direct line for anything you need, 706-422-5233, or text my cell at 706-422-5233. Call our Program Director David Caywood, 706-422-5238 or our Facility Director Louis Warrick at 706-422-5220. We are waiting to hear from you!

Fort Mountain Retreat & Conference Center

Fort Mountain

Looking for the perfect location for your next youth or adult training retreat, we are ready to assist you! Perched high atop Fort Mountain, the Fort Mountain Retreat & Conference Center overlooks the beautiful North Georgia landscape 3,000 ft below

Camps + Conferences

Conferences & Camps

Global Youth Ministry offers three “cascading” regional training events for youth ministry that build upon each other.

Tired of doing camp each year that wears off before school starts? Global camps are designed with more than a great experience in mind. We strive for true and lasting change. Check out our Unique 5 reasons on the Global difference.

Institute for Youth Leadership

Global Institute

Welcome to the Global Institute for Youth Leadership located on the summit of Fort Mountain in the majestic North Georgia Mountains.  The Insitute is a branch of Global Youth Ministry and maintains its main offices, college-program and student housing on the beautiful campus of Fort Mountain Retreat & Conference Center.

International and Local Missions


Join a Global team (or lead your youth group) and spend a week (or even 7 weeks) serving alongside our mentors overseas. Opportunities to reach the youth outside of our country are limitless. Will you GO?

Located near the summit of Fort Mountain

in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.
Global Youth Ministry

Global Youth Ministry is a multi-faceted ministry organization with a focus on educating and equipping today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders for Christ here at home and on the mission field. In 1995, founder, Roger Glidewell’s vision of Global Youth Camps began. Today, over 20 years later, that vision has expanded to encompass youth, college students, and Youth Pastors around the world.

*Global Youth Ministry is a non-for-profit 501c3 missions sending organization and maintains their international offices on site at Fort Mountain Retreat & Conference Center.  

Global Youth Camps include middle school through high school aged students. Our students receive guided training during summer camps, which are held in various locations, to become followers of Christ and to become leaders among their peers. We strive to build our students’ sense of self-worth through the realization that Jesus considers them His own family and that He was willing to die for them. Team sports, team games, and individual and group Bible studies encourage our students to care for their team members, share their experiences and grow in their leadership capabilities. These camps are conducted both in the U.S. and abroad.

Global Missions Camps and Camp Mission Tracks expand the experiences of summer camp students through participation in area projects that help the families and churches in the location which the Mission Camp is taking place. Students experience similar team activities as summer camp but their time is more focused on helping others. Our short term mission projects are conducted in cooperation with the International Mission Board and other mission agencies.

Our short term mission projects are conducted in cooperation with the International Mission Board and other mission agencies. We take teams to places where we already have mission staff on site to help guide on-going efforts to reach young people OR to places where we believe there is strong potential to develop youth ministry. Almost all of our overseas mission projects have a strong youth ministry component in which young people reach out to their peers in another culture. We sponsor mission projects in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America. Contact us to find out more possibilities for your group to help strengthen youth ministry around the world.

Global Youth Mentors: Additionally Global Youth Ministry sponsors missionaries who live abroad and serve as “Youth Mentors” to assist local congregations in developing strategies to reach and minister to their teenage population.

Global Institute for Youth Leadership

Global Institute for Youth Leadership focuses on college aged students. Four college credit tracks offer students Leadership Training, Youth Ministry, Missions and Creative Arts training.

Fort Mountain Retreat Center

Fort Mountain Retreat & Conference Center offers picturesque retreat space for Christian gatherings, conference, and weekend get-a-ways. We utilize this campus to educate and inspire believers to join with us in reaching our world, especially its young, for Christ.  Secluded on the summit of Fort Mountain, we are nestled in the heart of the North Georgia mountains. Our 150-acre campus includes both the Institute campus and the Fort Mountain Retreat with are connected by roads, trails, and steps.  

Camps this Year
Int Missions Trips
Leadership Conferences
Mentor Families

Looking to Serve?

We have a number of opportunities locally and internationally to serve perhaps with an internship or you might be looking to join us on a missions trip?

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We offer a range of books, curriculum and branded clothing items in our online store. Go ahead and have a look through what we have to offer.

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Looking for a Mission Opportunity?

Looking to serve in a Missions capacity? Perhaps you are interested in:

Stateside Mission Camps
International Mission Project
Long-Term Missions Staff (Mentors)
Serve and support another church’s youth group abroad.

Camp Promo Video

Tired of doing camp each year that wears off before school starts? Global camps are designed with more than a great experience in mind. We strive for true and lasting change. Check out our Unique 5 reasons on the Global difference.

Upcoming Camp Schedule 2018

What We Believe

This ministry is built upon the following principles of the Christian faith:

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Global Values

We value the Great Commitment to live holy and godly lives.
We value the Great Commission to grip the globe with the gospel!

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Watch Who We Are

Global Youth Ministry is committed to partner with you to help develop leaders around the globe!  Click here to watch a 9 minute video to learn more about our heartbeat for the world!

See Who We Are

Meet the awesome team of people who make all of this happen.

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What Do We Need?

Global Youth Ministry is in need of a few things and would like to know if you could help?

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Join Our Team

We have a few Career Opportunities available, have a look to see if you would like to join our team.

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These are strategic organizations/causes that we have had the opportunity to partner together with in ministry to youth and youth leaders.  Their Kingdom heartbeat and ministry goals are similar to ours here at Global, to make Jesus known among youth populations all over the world.  We want to highlight these ministry partnerships that can help you also be equipped and encouraged as we seek to evangelize the world for Christ.