North American Youth Congress

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NAYC is a church gathering primarily for the youth of the United Pentecostal Church (UPCI), held every other year since 1979, in various locations around North America.

The 2015 NAYC was held in the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The 18,000 seats in the main arena were sold out fourteen hours after registration opened. Overflow seating was made available at the Cox Convention Center, where the event was streamed live for young people who were too late to get seats in the arena. The owners of the Chesapeake Energy Arena say that it was the biggest event ever held, and the only event to ever have overflowing, and not seat all of the people in the arena. The last service of NAYC 2015 was Friday night, that night at alter call Rev. Lee Stoneking a minister of the UPCI asked everyone to shout to the Lord. The prayer roar that night was 134.2 dBA with 20,000 people, which is just 8 dBA less than the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar with 142.2 dBA at a football game with more than 79,000 people.

The General Youth Division of the UPCI has announced that NAYC 2017 will be held at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.



Here is the #NAYC19 reveal video :

Below is a table of the years and location of NAYC in the past:

  • Link to that year’s NAYC page in the year column.
# Month / Date Year Location Location Attendence Theme
1 1979 Memphis, TN
2 1981 Shreveport, LA
3 1983 Indianapolis, IN
4 1985 Tulsa, OK
5 1987 Cincinnati, OH
6 1989 Memphis, TN
7 1991 Kansas City, MO
8 1993 Indianapolis, IN
9 1995 Atlanta, GA
10 1997 Nashville, TN
11 1999 Indianapolis, IN
12 2001 Atlanta, GA
13 2003 Nashville, TN
14 August 3-5? 2005 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena 10,000 (paid attendance)
15 August 8-10 2007 Charlotte, NC Bobcats Arena 11,136 (paid attendance) Dancing Generation?
16 August 5-7 2009 Nashville, TN Sommet Center 11,801 (paid attendance)
17 August 3-5 2011 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena 10,995 (paid attendance) Upsidedown
18 August 7-9 2013 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Arena 15,944 (paid attendance) Gravity - Attraction, Direction, Mission.
19 August 5-7 2015 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 18,000 (sold out in 14 hours) Anthem - Inward, Upward, Outward
20 July 26-28 2017 Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium 34,000+ estimate. "This Is That"
21 July 31 - Aug 2 2019 St. Louis, MO America's Dome TBA TBA