All About GYPC 2018

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On July 18-22, 2018, United Methodist young people and adult workers from around the world will come together in Johannesburg, South Africa for the fourth Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC) of the United Methodist Church.

This page contains important information about the event.

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What is the GYPC?

Global Young People’s Convocation is a quadrennial (every four years) event. The first one was held in December 2006 in Johannesburg, South Africa; the second in July 2010 in Berlin, Germany; and the third in July 2014 in Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Worship. Young people will worship God in a variety of languages and expressions, celebrating each other as members of the family of God.

Fellowship. This is the most extensive global gathering of United Methodist young people. It is a time for young people from different social, economic, cultural, political, and even theological backgrounds to come together.

Leadership. GYPC is a time for leadership development as these young leaders attend workshops, share ministry stories from their contexts, and learn from other young people who came from different countries and cultures.

Conversations. GYPC brings together the voices of young people from around the world. Through the Legislative Forum, young people will discuss significant issues being faced by the church and the world where they live. The Forum will produce legislation that will go directly to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. Through this, young people have a chance to shape the direction of the church.



The GYPC will be held at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Center in the heart of Johannesburg, South Africa.  More information about the Indaba as well as photos can be found here.


Who should attend GYPC?

Each Jurisdiction or Central Conference is entitled to send voting delegates:


Central Conferences (CC)

Non-voting delegates are welcome to attend. They will be able to participate with voice but will not be able to vote during the Legislative Forum.


How to Register for GYPC:

Registration for GYPC 2018 is now available here.

Please note that your registration fee MUST be paid in full before you travel to GYPC. Payment will not be accepted at event check in.


GYPC Cost:

Registration fees are:

Voting delegates

Non-voting delegates

The rates above are for twin room sharing. If you prefer to stay at a single room, please send an email to

For more information about cost, and approximate airfare to Johannesburg, please visit


Scholarship Information:

GYPC Scholarship is available for VOTING DELEGATES ONLY.

Follow these steps to apply for scholarship to attend the GYPC:

Step 1. Download the pastoral support endorsement form below. Your scholarship application will not be accepted without this form.


Step 2. Ask your local UMC Pastor or District Superintendent to sign the form. Scan it.

Step 3. Go to the scholarship application link and upload the endorsement form.


Step 4. Fill out the rest of the scholarship application form and click on Submit.

Please allow 6-8 weeks processing time.

The application for GYPC Scholarship will close on March 1, 2018.


Legislation Forum:

The Legislation Forum is a process where delegates meet in small groups and workshops throughout the week to hear diverse voices and share their opinion. Outcomes from these conversations will be collated and voted upon the last day of the GYPC.

As part of the registration process, delegates are asked to choose several topics that they wish to be discussed within small groups and workshops. The top choices chosen will help shape the schedule for the week.


Travel Information:

Booking Travel

When should I arrive and depart?

Do I need any special documents while traveling?

For those over the age of 18:

For those under the age of 18:


Frequently Asked Questions:


What does housing look like? How will roommates be determined?

Do I need to get any shots or immunizations?

Can I stay at the Indaba before or after the GYPC Event?

Yes! The Indaba is kindly offering us the same rate before and after our event. You can make reservations by emailing Sharon Thom at

Other Information

Is the water in South Africa safe to drink?

Yes, the water in Johannesburg is safe to drink. Generally, the water in urban areas of South Africa is safe to drink.

What type of adapter plug/socket do I need?








Will there be any extra expenses for this trip?

How can I get connected with other delegates from my jurisdiction?

YPM regional staff may also be able to help you connect with your delegate:

 Am I able to get financial assistance to help cover the cost of the event.

I am a vegetarian/vegan, what can I eat in South Africa?

How do I get from the airport/bus station to the Indaba?  

What does a normal day at GYPC look like?

How do I raise money to help myself get to GYPC?

We’ve created a list of fundraising tips that might be helpful.

If you have other questions not addressed in this page, please send an email to

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