Timeline

A brief overview of important events

 

2016

March - Strategic Planning Session

November - P.R.A.Y. welcomes new CEO, Jason Noland

November - New updated website

2015

Boulder patch added to Bible Basics RP3 series

2014

November – Launched new patch series, Bible Basics RP3

December – 35th Anniversary of P.R.A.Y. ministry

2013

New "Friends of P.R.A.Y." donor base

2011

January – Helped launch BSA's "Religious Emblems Coordinator" positions 

August – Faith Based Initiatives for membership growth

2010

January – Launched P.R.A.Y. Online Store  

March – Strategic Planning “P-E-T-S” [People-Evangelization-Technology-Stewardship]

May – Created new position, Director of Communication and Training

August – Received American Heritage Girls Community Partner Award

July – Launched new look of P.R.A.Y. medals and books

2009

January – Moved the P.R.A.Y. office from W-A-C Industries to current location at South Towne Square

2008

Announced new Building Faith in Youth Adult Recognition

2006

Initiated March Denomination/Agency Conference 

Expanded puzzle patch programs to include To Serve God and Love God

BSA National Supply Group recognized P.R.A.Y. as a "Vendor of the Year"

2005

Initiated Four-Star recognition 

Adopted Vision Statement: Young people are brought closer to Christ through dynamic programs that enable adults in their ministry with youth. Our programs and resources are offered through churches and youth agencies for them to work together for the benefit of youth. 

Adopted Tagline: Building Faith in Youth

Launched Duty to God Puzzle Patch (promotion patches)

2004

Initiated P.R.A.Y. Target Councils & Training

2003

P.R.A.Y. adopted new Board Governance Policies

'01 - '04

Launched God and Family PIZZA program

Curriculum revisions

1998

Changed the legal corporate name from CCYAR to P.R.A.Y.

1997

Long range strategic planning session

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the C.C.Y.A.R. is to actively promote relationships between churches and youth-serving agencies in order to encourage the Christian spiritual growth of children, youth and families.

1994

CCYAR Endowment Trust Fund created.

1993

Developed stronger working relationships with BSA, GSUSA & CF. Led workshops at national CF and GSUSA meetings and various church conferences. Initiated telemarketing strategy to contact all BSA, GSUSA & CF councils.

1983

Mark Hazlewood became the ED after his father’s death.

God and Me was launched.

1982

Gene Hazlewood became the first full time Executive Director.

1980's

BSA re-established the Protestant Committee and slowly began to reclaim the controls of the Chaplaincy programs including the Philmont conference.

The Youthscope Newsletter was created.

1979

December – Recognized as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

1976

The Protestant Committee changed its name to the Commission for Church and Civic Youth Serving Agencies (CCYSA).

The CCYSA became coed.

P.R.A.Y. was created as the business office of the CCYSA.

The CCYSA continued to function as the Protestant Committee for BSA.

Early 70’s

The God and Country program was revised and became coed.

The God and Country program expanded to three levels (God and Family, God and Church, God and Life).

The God and Service Adult Award was created.

1960’s

The Protestant Committee worked with BSA on the Philmont conference and on Chaplaincy for the Jamboree and Philmont.

Late 50’s

The Protestant Committee became independent of the National Council of Churches.

1950

The Protestant Committee came under the National Council of Churches.

1945

The God and Country Program was established as an award for Boy Scouts (age 12 and up).

1923

The Protestant Committee was formed under the auspices of the Federal Council of Churches.