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Chris Wilterdink

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THE YOUNG PEOPLE’S ADDRESS AT GENERAL CONFERENCE 2020

What?

The United Methodist Young People’s Address is an opportunity be a witness about the church’s impact in one’s own life and in the lives of others. It is also a chance to cast a vision for future work together as Christ’s hands and feet in the world. This is a rare opportunity to speak directly to thousands of people at General Conference, including over 800 voting delegates from around the world.

If you are selected, you will work to write and perfect an approximately 12-minute long presentation to be delivered from stage at General Conference 2020. You will receive support in writing and practicing your presentation, as well as travel arrangements to the Conference. We can work together to involve and translate mother tongues, but due to limitations of time, proficiency and comfort for writing and speaking in English is preferred.

When?

General Conference 2020 will take place May 5 – 15, 2020. The exact day and time of the Young People’s Address is still to be determined. If you are selected, you must be available to travel to Minneapolis to present in person. Submit your application by June 30, 2019. Applications will be reviewed in July 2019, with invitations made in August 2019. Whether you are selected or not, we may share some of your application on our social media to help the church understand the many viewpoints, stories, and hopes of young people for the UMC.

Where?

Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States!

Who?

Maybe you! If you are between the ages of 12-35, and have something to say to the United Methodist Church, you can apply through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DM5QQS6. As long as you are an active member of the United Methodist Church, you have the ability to apply for this amazing opportunity!

Young people can submit their best stories, visions, and innovations to share with the church. We invite youth and young adults (ages 12 to 35) to respond to the following focus questions via YouTube, Vimeo, or in the text of an email. Once submitted all ideas will be reviewed, considered for inclusion in the Young People’s Address at General Conference, and possibly reposted to our social media streams.

Why?

Every General Conference is pivotal for the United Methodist Church, especially this one. Young people can be beacons of clarity and hope, calling the church to become the best version of itself. Young People are often under-represented in voting delegates to General Conference, so this is also a chance to help older ears hear about the needs and hopes of young people from their church.

How to Apply?

Apply through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DM5QQS6 to submit your best stories, visions, and innovations to share with the church. We invite youth and young adults (ages 12 to 35) to respond to focus questions, based on the theme of General Conference via YouTube, Vimeo, or in the text of an email. All ideas and applications will be reviewed, considered for inclusion in the Young People’s Address at General Conference, and possibly reposted to Young People’s Ministries social media streams.

The application requests the following:

  • Your contact information
  • Your church affiliation
  • Written short answers to the focus questions at the bottom of this page.

*Final selections will take place in August of 2019 so that we have at least 6 months to perfect the presentation and book travel!

Event Preparation Items:

GENERAL CONFERENCE 2020 THEME:
Pressing On

Scripture Passage: Philippians 3:14

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus. (CEB)
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.(NRSV)

Disciplinary Passage:
Preamble to the Constitution:

“The church is a community of all true believers under the Lordship of Christ. It is the redeemed and redeeming fellowship in which the Word of God is preached by persons divinely called, and the sacraments are duly administered according to Christ’s own appointment. Under the discipline of the Holy Spirit the church seeks to provide for the maintenance of worship, the edification of believers, and the redemption of the world.”

“The church of Jesus Christ exists in and for the world, and its very dividedness is a hindrance to its mission in that world. The prayers and intentions of The United Methodist Church and its predecessors, The Methodist Church and The Evangelical United Brethren Church, have been and are for obedience to the will of our Lord that his people be one, in humility for the present brokenness of the Church and in gratitude that opportunities for reunion have been given.”

GC Young People’s Address Focus Questions:

  • Tell us your best stories about redemption in your community. How has the church been a part of taking something broken and making it whole?
  • Tell us about a mentor, someone who has called you to be a better version of yourself, or helped you press on through hardship?
  • Who in your experience embodies and lives out the membership vows of the United Methodist Church? See below:
    According to The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, members make covenant to do the following:
  1. To renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of the world, and repent of their sin;
  2. To accept the freedom and power God gives them to resist evil, injustice, and oppression;
  3. To confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put their whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as their Lord;
  4. To remain faithful members of Christ’s holy church and serve as Christ’s representatives in the world;
  5. To be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church and do all in their power to strengthen its ministries;
  6. To faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness;
  7. To receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

MORE INFO

For more info, please contact:
Chris Wilterdink
Director of Young People’s Ministries, Discipleship Ministries
cwilterdink@umcdiscipleship.org or 615-340-7058