Pray Forward 2019

Youth 2019

Lake Junaluska Summer 2019 Worship Series

To Young People of the United Methodist Church:

We, the staff of Young People's Ministries, in partnership with your Annual Conference Leaders, wanted to reach out to the young people of the United Methodist Church, so you could have the necessary information to understand General Conference 2019 and the plans that are being presented for the future of our church. We hope that you will be encouraged to share your thoughts about the different plans with your Conference’s Delegation as a way for your voices to be heard about this very important decision.   

The following items are included below:

UPDATES:

A UM News Summary of GC 2019 actions. CLICK HERE

 

Being in Ministry with LGBTQ Youth after GC 2019 (Including a Dicsussion Guide about General Conference)

 

Jeffrey Warren, young people's delegate from Upper New York, speaks at General Conference 2019.

For Your Information

1)  How We Got Here

In 2016 the General Conference authorized a 32-member "Commission on a Way Forward" appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen the unity of the church.  In February of 2019, a Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church will be held to receive and act on the report from the Commission on a Way Forward and subsequent recommendations of the Council of Bishops.  This 2019 Special Session of the General Conference will be held from February 23 - February 26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.

2)  Plan Summaries

Below are some links to help you understand three of the plans that will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference.  To view the report from the Commission on the Way Forward CLICK HERE.

THE ONE CHURCH PLAN

[more info here]

THE CONNECTIONAL CONFERENCE PLAN 

[more info here]

THE TRADITIONAL PLAN 

[more info here]

Other links for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference and summaries of the plans can be found at: United Methodist News Service - Plans Summary, Great Plains Conference - Plan Comparison, and Specifics on the General Conference Special Session.

LEGISLATION GOING TO GC 2019

You can review the final 78 pieces of legislation that will be considered at General Conference 2019 HERE.

3)  Statement of Unity from GYPC 2018

The Global Young People's Convocation 2018 created and approved the following statement on church unity which may also inform your witness during this time:  DOWNLOAD STATEMENT HERE and use the images below for sharing on social media.  You may also CLICK HERE FOR VIDEOS featuring the young people who crafted this statement.

 

Invitations to Act

1)  Share Your Witness for the Church

As this information is shared with you for prayer and discernment, we also hope that you will contact your delegates to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference with your thoughts and opinions on the future direction of our church.  Your conference's young people's leaders can provide the names and contact information for the delegates who are supposed to serve as representatives on your behalf at the Special Session of the General Conference.

2)  #PrayForward

On Sunday, February 17th, 2019 we are asking the young people of the United Methodist Church to participate in a day of prayer for those preparing to embark on this important chapter in our denomination’s history.  Please join us in this day of prayer prior to the convening of the Special Session of the General Conference, visit umcprays.org to add your prayer to the "Prayer Wall" there, and share your prayer on social media using #prayforward. The staff of the Division on Ministries with Young People will continue to hold our church, the delegations, and you, the young people of the United Methodist Church in prayer as we find our way forward. 

3)  A Conversation Guide for Youth and Young Adult Discussions

[DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE PDF]

For Your Consideration:

Read Philippians 2:1-13

Discussion questions:

4)  Submit a Prayer:

We ask that young people be in prayer for the United Methodist Church.  As you share those prayers on social media, we invite you to use #PrayForward so that others can find your prayer and share in it with you.  To help others pray for General Conference 2019, we invite you to submit your written prayers, video prayers, creative/musical/artistic prayers, and more using the button below.

5) Discern with the United Methodist Student Movement at GC 2019

The United Methodist Student Movement invites college and seminary students to the specially called General Conference in February 2019 to engage in critical conversations about the future of our denomination.  

Click here for the event registration page.

The UMSM with the support of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry will be hosting hosting a space for informational sessions, prayer, debrief time, and collaborate discussions both at the America Dome and at an offsite location.

We hope that you will join us in this time of processing together. We aim to show the greater church the ways in which young people from around the connection are working towards unity.