I wanted to thank you all for your support of grassroots youth ministry and continued work with the Youth Ministry Team. For some of you we were able to have a short but sweet planning meeting after Annual Conference with those present at the Celebrate Youth event.
A date has been set for the August 14 at 1pm at Hardin UMC. This will be a time for fellowship and connection with other youth ministries workers at churches in your district. You will have time to discuss your different youth programs, plan some collaborative events (or district events) to expand and deepen your local church ministries, and choose people to represent your districts and churches at the conference level Youth Ministry Team meeting on September 10-11 in Belgrade at Living Waters UMC.
A very honest and important question was asked at our Celebrate Youth gathering: Why plan a meeting to have more meetings about youth ministries?
Well let me ask you these questions: Have you ever wondered what your church could look like? Have you ever wanted to find out what the United Methodist Church looks like in another state or another country? Have you ever wanted to help other churches that don’t have young people or families involved to grow their programs? Would you like to be directly involved in the change that you want to see in the world – whether it be in the church, in mission throughout the US or abroad, in our response to national disasters, or in our presence in sister churches in third world nations?
To say “I am a youth and I want to make a difference!” is a powerful decision and we want to make sure you are heard. We want to hear the voices of all of our youth in the Yellowstone Conference and it starts here and now with these conversations and gatherings of youth at the local and district level. From there the opportunities to meet with youth in the Western Jurisdiction, the greater US and abroad at events like Global Young People’s Convocation in Berlin – are open to you!
Please say Yes – “I am a youth (or youth worker) and I want to make a difference” and join us at your district youth ministry meeting. Whether you are a pastor, a lay leader, a youth worker or a parent – We want to hear your voice.
I need your name, address, phone number and email for my database (some have been collected at our gatherings but please send again) and please pass on names of other people in ministry who are excited to grow Youth Ministry at the grass roots level. Fill out the form below if you've decided to: Say "Yes, I want to make a difference."