Every year Celebrate Life at Olivet Nazarene University allows students to celebrate their gifts and talents while connecting with other like minded individuals in the name of Jesus Christ.


Celebrate Life is a youth event designed for the purpose of encouraging the development and abilities of the youth of the region for ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. Also, Celebrate Life encourages the relationship between the Central Region Nazarene Youth International (NYI) and Olivet Nazarene University. During the regional event in May, students will stay in campus housing at Olivet Nazarene University, play on college courts and stages, participate in worship services with other teens from across the Midwest and enjoy a few days of campus life!


Celebrate Life takes place in two places: at the District level and at the Regional level. District Celebrate Life events occur once per year in various venues throughout the Olivet Nazarene University educational region, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Youth participate at the District level depending on your area of residence. It is at the District level event that a student may qualify to participate in the Regional Celebrate Life event.

The Regional Celebrate Life event is held once per year in May on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.


There are age requirements for the District and Regional Level Celebrate Life events. All participants must be in the 6th-12th grade by the time of Regional Celebrate Life in May in order to participate in any form of competition on the district or regional level. Each participant should be an active member/participant in the Nazarene Church district he/she represents. Each district president is responsible for who may or may not participate in Celebrate Life.


Celebrate Life gives you the opportunity to have the time of your life with friends, compete in an activity, sport, or talent you enjoy and excel in, experience a world-class college campus, make memories that will last a lifetime, and experience the goodness, love, worship, and peace of God in incredible, life-changing ways!