The young adult and you: what to expect from a youth at conference.

Within 15 minutes of registering, I found myself in two stereotipical youth and young adult situations. First I was asked by a fellow, older, delegate why his cell phone was not working. It was an easy fix a simple holding down of the power button returned the phone to life. Before I couldfind a place to get a bite to eat I wasasked to blog about my time here at GC. These experiences quickly reminded me that I’m a “young-un” a demographic both coveted and misunderstood by some of the older members of our denomination. We don’t all “tweet” or blog or wear sandals to church. We do not all have liberal “lets change everything” ideas. The young peoples of the church are just as diverse as our older brothers and sisters in the faith. We have new ideas but are also eager to listen. We have opinions but are listening for others.

I pray that not only will the youth and young adults be heard but that all peoples who call themselves United Methodist and more importantly followers of Christ will come together and listen to God’s plan for all of his children.

On a side note there is nothing wrong with asking a youth for help with your technology, this would actually be a great way to make new connections.


Like what you're reading? Support the ministry of UM News! Your support ensures the latest denominational news, dynamic stories and informative articles will continue to connect our global community. Make a tax-deductible donation at ResourceUMC.org/GiveUMCom.

Sign up for our newsletter!

UMNEWS-SUBSCRIPTION
Annual Conferences
The Rev. Jack Jackson. Photo courtesy of the author.

Florida Conference board caused the harm

Yes, harm resulted from a recent vote by the Florida Conference clergy conference, but the blame belongs with the conference’s board of ordained ministry.
Annual Conferences
The Rev. Paul W. Chilcote. Photo courtesy of the author.

Apply Wesleyan lens to clergy-session controversy

This is not the time for accusations or recriminations regarding the Florida Conference clergy session’s June 9 vote not to approve 16 candidates for provisional membership.
Bishops
Dr. David W. Scott. Photo © Hector Amador.

United Methodist bishops in global perspective

The lack of regional decision-making authority in the U.S. United Methodist conferences caused the recent dilemma over not being able to hold episcopal elections.