to the absence of young adults in the United Methodist Church, the
denomination’s top legislative assembly approved initiatives to give
young people support and a voice in the church.
to the 2004 General Conference approved a new division on ministries
with young people. This division, to be housed at the United Methodist
Board of Discipleship, means young people will have a presence at the
leadership tables of the denomination and a central office to coordinate
The division, with a budget of $1.6 million, and another $4.73 million coming through other channels,
also affirms the value of young adult voices in the church and provides
a central place for youth, young adults and workers with young adult
ministries to find direction for their ministries.
to the conference’s action, the United Methodist Youth Organization and
the Forum for Adult Workers in Youth Ministry voted to disband. The
Shared Mission Focus on Young People will be folded into the new
addition to the episcopal and laity addresses heard at the quadrennial
legislative assembly, the delegates also voted to add an address by a
young person to the agenda for the 2008 General Conference in Fort
Worth, Texas. The approval affirmed the desires of young adults around the world to be celebrated as partners in service for Christ.
voted to expand the denomination’s television and welcoming ministry —
with the message of “Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.” — over
the next four years and to add a separate $500,000 youth component to
the campaign. Coordinated by United Methodist Communications, the youth
component will be developed to strengthen youth ministries in local
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