Ministries with Young People Guidelines Resources


Ministries with Young People Guidelines 2017-2020 Cover

You have been called to ministry with young people—those journeying through adolescence and those emerging from their teenage years to find themselves navigating the unpredictable and full-of-firsts years of their twenties and thirties. This sacred and exciting leadership role comes with dozens of challenges to be addressed, countless opportunities to touch lives, and a myriad of blessings that you might never anticipate. Your position as a leader with young people is the basis for building relationships and leading by example. This Guidelines booklet, formerly called Young Peoples Ministries, covers an introduction to the ministry of a youth or young adult coordinator and is designed to help implement and guide the work of the ministry area.These additional resources are referenced in the booklet. 

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Generational Research

[Guidelines, page 17]
Today’s young adults are members of the millennial generation, those born after 1980.

View "Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change" »

Young People's Mission Opportunities

[Guidelines, page 21]
Both Discipleship Ministries and the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church have developed websites that feature many mission opportunities as a resource for youth and young adults.

Youth Service Fund

[Guidelines, page 22]
The Youth Service Fund (YSF) is part of Young People’s Ministries, and it gives youth the opportunity to give money and time to projects that they design, lead, and implement. 

Learn more about YSF »

Evaluation Tool

[Guidelines, page 34]
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Division of Ministry with Young People, Discipleship Ministries:

UMConnector, Portal for general church ministry resources for youth and young adults:

The Youth Worker Movement connects U.S. United Methodist youth workers.