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

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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.


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