About PCTC

The Pursue Christian Teen Conference (PCTC) is an independently-run event. Started in 1983, the conference meets in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on or around the last weekend of February. PCTC currently draws over 1500 teens and adults for a dynamic, intense weekend full of powerful worship, dynamic speakers, engaging workshop and fun events. All this is designed to energize the faith-walk of teens everywhere and encourage them to be an active force in God’s Kingdom, and to impact the world around them for Christ.

PCTC is led by an executive committee and a volunteer group of adults who meet annually in a Design Session for evaluation and planning.

PCTC Mission Statement 
PCTC exists to motivate youth to pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace together with all who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.  Run away from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. (2 Timothy 2:22 from New Living Translation)

PCTC Vision Statement:
PCTC seeks to connect teenagers in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ through Encouragement, Evangelism, Fellowship, Mission & Ministry Opportunities, Resourcing Youth Ministries, Teaching, and Worship.

The methodology of the PCTC can be further defined as follows:


  • Radically Living your Faith
  • Being with LikeMinded
  • Breath of Fresh Air vs Home Church
  • Having Fun
  • Getting out of One’s Comfort Zone


  • Opportunity to bring Unchurched
  • Methods for Personal Witness
  • Faith Decisions
  • Next Step in Christian Growth


  • NetWorking
  • Among Students
  • Inter-Church
  • Intra-Church

Ministry/Mission Opportunities

  • Mission Trip Scholarships

Resourcing Youth Programs

  • Tools for Sponsors
  • Sponsor Education
  • Ideas for Growth/Outreach
  • Thinking Outside the Box
  • Avoiding Reinventing the Wheel


  • Practical Ideas for Living
  • Equipping
  • Bible Education
  • Resources for Personal Development


  • Varied Experiences
  • Newest Music
  • Larger Community
  • Prayer Communities
  • Engaged