Young Adult Ministries creates ways within our conference to connect, equip and advocate for young adults in local churches and throughout the conference. The Young Committee typically meets via video conference six times a year to pray and plan, offering our time, resources, and knowledge to provide networking and leadership opportunities.
Over the last year, we’ve hosted a webinar for training local churches, connected with young clergy at Covenant Keepers, and young adults at Annual Conference as well as provided a webinar training for youth and young adults prior to Annual Conference. We just launched a virtual leadership cohort to support young adult leaders in their ministry context.
Looking to get connected with a UM Campus Ministry in Illinois? Check out the Higher Education and Campus Ministry Page.
Please join us Thursday November 7, 1:30-2:30 pm for a webinar “Do you really want Young Adults? Equipping existing churches to reach young adults” lead Rev. Sarah Wanck.
Rev. Wanck is the associate pastor at Crossroads UMC. In 2016, she launched 309 as a ministry of Crossroads. The mission was to create a multigenerational family of believers relentlessly reaching people for Christ in the Washington-Peoria area. They began with 50 and grew to 150 last Spring. This summer, the worshipping communities of 309 and Crossroads UMC have merged.
IGRC Young Adult Ministries has launched the first training initiative aimed at encouraging and equipping young adults to be innovative Christian leaders in their local church contexts.
The Ephesians 4 Young Adult Leadership Training Initiative has accepted four young adult leaders from around the IGRC to commit to meeting together virtually, learning leadership skills through CliftonStrengths (formally Strength Finders), praying for one another, and developing a ministry plan in conversation with church leaders they work with.
Young adults and leaders begin meeting in October.