Young People Presenters, Ministry Examples Sought for General Conference

April 28, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBOD) — Examples of the many voices and diverse ministries of United Methodist young people are being solicited by the Young People's Ministries division of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) to be featured in a presentation at the 2012 General Conference.

Two young people also are being sought by Young People's Ministries (YPM) to host the video/pictures of ministries from around the world at the 2012 meeting, April 24-May 4 at the Tampa Convention Center.
"This is our chance, every four years, to address the general body of the church to share with them about youth and young adult ministry in the United Methodist Church," said Hank Hilliard, director of Young People's Ministries Development at GBOD.
One-minute videos or pictures with narration about youth/young people's ministries are due by Oct. 31, 2011, to be considered for inclusion in the address. Applications to become one of the two on-stage presenters are due no later than Aug. 1, 2011. A selection team comprised of YPM division members and staff will choose the two people who will serve as presenters and the video submissions to be included in the Young People's Address.
"The more we can tell each other's stories and share ideas, I think the more connected we feel," said Abby Parker, YPM's regional staff member for the South Central Jurisdiction, who is organizing the address. "And General Conference offers a great way to understand our connection."
The two young people selected to be presenters will work with YPM staff to arrange the selected stories into a full presentation. To apply to become a presenter, a young person should send a 3-5 minute video that includes:
  • The person introducing a ministry story from his or her context
  • A one minute story (a video or a slide show with narration) of the ministry being introduced
  • Some closing remarks
  • An explanation of why it is important to represent young people in the UMC to the General Conference
"If you're doing something amazing – if God is working in your life in amazing ways and you're proud of the ministry that you are doing – this is an opportunity to grow from learning about other people's ministries, but also an opportunity to share your story on a global level," Parker said.
YPM wants the youth/young people to share their stories of ministry in their own, creative ways, Hilliard said.
"We really want people to feel free to tell their story," Hilliard said. "It could be a testimony of one person sharing. It could be an interview. It could be lots of images and pictures of them doing ministry, with a voiceover. It could be a dramatic piece that they create. Just really, we want people to use their gifts and their personality to be able to share their story the way that they want to share it."
The minimal guidelines are:
  • Must be one minute or less in length
  • May either be video or pictures with voiceover
  • Copyrighted music or images that do not belong to the one submitting the video must include written permission from the copyright holder
  • Every person appearing in the video must have a completed image release form on file with Young People's Ministries
  • Videos do not have to be in English. However, if they are in another language, submitters are asked to try to provide a translation.
Both the presenter application videos and the ministry stories should be sent digitally to Truong Le, Online Presence Coordinator for YPM. Please consider using a service such as to send the video digitally.
The submittals also may be sent on a CD or jump drive by mail to: Truong Le, Young People's Ministries, 1908 Grand Ave., Nashville, TN 37212. Contact Truong Le at if you have questions.
For more information about the Young People's Address at General Conference, visit or contact Parker at
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