|Youth to ‘splat’ through cultural, spiritual, global event|
July 10, 2006
By Linda Green*
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The word “splat” is usually associated with a
wet, slapping sound, but for the more than 10,000 United Methodist youth
from across the world expected to attend Youth2007, the word will mean
“Seek, Pray, Learn, Act, Teach.”
The largest quadrennial youth event of the United Methodist Church will
be held July 11-15, 2007, in Greensboro, N.C. Participants will
experience God through multiple ministerial, cultural and spiritual
Led by a design team of nearly 30 youth, young adults and youth workers
from across the country, the event is sponsored by the Division on
Ministries with Young People at the United Methodist Board of
“Youth2007 is about transforming lives and sending youth back to their
communities as stronger disciples of Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Karen
Greenwaldt, top executive at the board.
The Rev. Karen Greenwaldt
Throughout the five-day event, the mornings will be devoted to seeking
God and praying together in worship, large group Bible study and music.
Participants will be learning about their faith while hearing preaching
Groups will spend the afternoons in youth interest workshops and in
praise and worship. A full evening will feature a concert for all
participants. At the conclusion of the event, youth will be challenged
to return to their communities and put their faith into action by
teaching others what they’ve learned.
In addition to worship and workshops, the participants will have
opportunities for mission service projects across the Greensboro area as
well as options to serve on site at the event. Individuals and groups
will be able to participate in interactive destination centers to dive
deeper into the event’s theme while also building community.
“People don’t realize what a bonding experience this can be for their
youth group or even for a family,” said Jay Clark, director of
Youth2007. “I have seen it time and time again. People leave transformed
... and the greatest thing is knowing that this is not about anything
we did; it’s a God thing.”
Beyond worship and workshop opportunities, a full Expo Center will be
open for youth and youth workers to network, gather and purchase
resources, and return equipped to strengthen their churches and
While speakers have been confirmed, workshop leaders are needed to
reinforce the theme by developing activities and experiences for the
event. “Our workshop leaders play an integral role in the success of
Youth2007’s mission,” Greenwaldt said.
Regardless of the time had in Greensboro, if something doesn’t happen
after the event in local churches and in those communities, the event’s
goal will not be achieved, according to Clark. “And we need workshop
leaders who can help us accomplish our goal,” he said.
“We want people to have a great time while they are at Youth2007, but we
really want all of the young people and adults that come to this event
to go back to their local churches and communities recharged and ready
to make a difference,” he said.
Applications for workshop leadership may be downloaded from the Youth2007.org Web site. The application deadline is July 31.
Beginning in August, people interested in volunteering during Youth2007
will also be able to download a volunteer application. Volunteers are
members of groups who will already be in attendance at Youth2007 but
would like to come early or leave late to help set up, or just want
extra responsibility while on site at the event. Volunteers may sign up
at www.Youth2007.org, the event’s official Web site.
|A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose
Methodist youth dance to the music of Kirk Franklin during Youth '03 on
the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Bishops Minerva Carcaņo of the Phoenix Area, Linda Lee of the Wisconsin
Area and Scott Jones of the Kansas Area are confirmed speakers. Other
leaders will include the Rev. Kathleen Baskin-Ball, pastor of Suncreek
United Methodist Church, Dallas, the Rev. Michael Williams, pastor of
First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville, Tenn., and Ray Buckley,
director of connectional ministries for the Alaska Missionary
“These amazing women and men will help us to reach our goal of
transforming lives for Christ by bringing insight into the Gospel and
teachings relative to real life,” Greenwaldt said.
Registration is open at www.Youth2007.org.
Participants who register before Dec. 1 will pay $165 per person.
Reduced registration costs apply for participants coming from the
Western Jurisdiction, central conferences or those traveling farther
than 1,600 miles each way. The reduced rate will be $140 before Dec. 1
and $175 after that date. The event’s Web site provides full event and
For more information, contact Dayna Schoonmaker, Youth2007 office coordinator, at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 7190, or Youth07@gbod.org.
*Green is a United Methodist News Service news writer based in
Nashville, Tenn. This report was adapted from two releases by Jeanette
Pinkston, director of media relations at the United Methodist Board of
News media contact: Linda Green, (615) 742-5470 or email@example.com.
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