Young people's ministries receive grants
3/19/2003 News media contact: Linda Green ∑ (615) 742-5470 ∑ Nashville, Tenn
NOTE: This may be used as a sidebar to UMNS #149.
Tenn. (UMNS) - Fifteen projects addressing young people's concerns will
receive grants through programs related to the United Methodist Board
The diverse projects include a Vietnamese church
in California and an institute to help students at a United
Methodist-related college explore their callings within a diverse
cultural setting. They will be funded by the agency's portion of the
denomination's Shared Mission Focus on Young People initiative.
grant money provides resources for ministries we believe best help the
denomination re-order its priorities in ministries with young people.
These ministry initiatives serve as models for the church," said the
Rev. Drew Dyson, director of the young people's initiative. "This year,
the ministries we have chosen to fund are taking creative approaches to
serving young people. They are all initiated by youth and young adults
and serving diverse audiences of young people."
A team of
discipleship staff, board members and members of the Shared Mission
Focus coordinating committee and staff made the selections after
reviewing 51 applications. The Shared Mission Focus was formed to
reorder the priorities of the United Methodist Church related to issues
and concerns of youth and young adults.
Each project had to meet
criteria determined by Shared Mission Focus and guidelines set by the
Board of Discipleship. Those include equipping pastors for leadership
and partnership roles with young people, preparing young people for
ministry, and providing youth and young adult programs that encourage
lifelong learning and faith development.
Each of the
denomination's 14 program agencies will receive $124,000 from the Shared
Mission Focus through 2004 to distribute to United Methodist-related
ministries on youth and young adults.
Projects receiving funds from the Shared Mission Focus and Board of Discipleship are:
Nurturing Ministries, New England Annual Conference, Lawrence, Mass.,
$11,000. The conference will launch an outreach project focused on faith
formation through a retreat experience.
¬∑ Jubilee Youth Ministry,
Miami Valley United Methodist Mission Society, Dayton, Ohio, $11,000.
The program plans to equip young people in West Dayton for ministry.
Reaching Out to Young Adults, Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver,
$11,000. The project provides leadership and a strategy for meeting the
spiritual needs of local young adults.
¬∑ Disciples in the Streets,
Broadway Christian Parish United Methodist Church, South Bend, Ind.,
$10,000. The program identifies and celebrates the gifts of the spirit
at work in the lives of the people in the community.
Training for the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College,
Winfield Kan., $10,000. The program helps college students explore their
callings within a diverse cultural experience, particularly by
receiving training and being in ministry with middle school and high
¬∑ Program for At-Risk Adolescents, Cookman United
Methodist Church, Philadelphia, $9,500. The program, recognized by the
Health and Human Services' Office of Community Services as a national
demonstration project for faith-based intervention, is a comprehensive,
place-based program encompassing education, peer counseling,
entrepreneurial training and life-skill instruction.
Leaders Initiative, Emerald Youth Foundation of the Holston Annual
Conference, $9,500. The foundation's programs equip and encourage youth
to know Christ personally, develop spiritually and become leaders.
Making Disciples of Jesus Christ, Rizal District UMYAF, Marikina City,
Manila, Philippines, $8,000. The district will focus on spiritual
formation and growth, developing young people as church leaders and
partners in mission. It will emphasize that leadership is about making
disciples of Jesus instead of disciples of church structure.
United Methodist Cooperative, Little Rock, Ark., $8,000. The cooperative
wants to increase the effectiveness of South Little Rock churches in
making disciples of youth and to revitalize each local church in that
¬∑ Crave, Christ United Methodist Church, Fairfax Station,
Va., $7,500. The program involves monthly worship and focuses on helping
youth find new ways of experiencing God's word. Crave is in ministry
with 10 other United Methodist churches.
¬∑ OIMC Regional
Consultants, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, $6,000. The project
trains consultants to strengthen local church Native American youth
ministry through leadership development and service to the congregation
¬∑ Empowering and Equipping Young People for the
Future Church, Vietnamese United Methodist Church, Anaheim, Calif.,
$4,500. The program seeks to bring wholeness to marginalized Vietnamese
youth and young adults by communicating the gospel in their language and
culture; and creating programs, structures and opportunities for them
to learn and develop ministry skills.
¬∑ Multicultural Youth for
Christ, Cambodian United Methodist Church, Modesto, Calif., $3,000. The
project empowers young people emotionally, ethically and spiritually by
using the denomination's Social Principles, Book of Resolutions and
quadrennial goals and objectives adopted by the United Methodist Board
of Church and Society.
¬∑ Young Adult Volunteer Initiative, Denver
Episcopal Area, $3,000. The program reaches out to young adults and
provides hands-on opportunities to serve the Lord in a variety of
assignments. It helps young adults discern their call, and provides
young adult volunteers with spiritual direction while they explore the
connection between faith and service.
¬∑ Mission Possible, Grace
Korean United Methodist Church, Beaverton, Ore., $2,500. This project,
for young people in grades seven to college, promotes an atmosphere to
explore Christ through evangelism, worship, fellowship and discipleship.
a related matter at its March 12-15 directors' meeting, the United
Methodist Board of Discipleship affirmed the Shared Mission Focus on
Young People's legislative pursuit for a division of ministries with
young people. A proposal is expected to be presented to the 2004 General
Conference, and if approved, implemented in 2005.
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