Conferences Invited to Send Two Young Clergy to Capitol Hill Leadership Development Event

November 28, 2012

General Board of Church & Society expands program to include two days of advocacy training; apply to Cal-Nev Annual Conference before by Dec. 12.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) will conduct its Young Clergy Leadership Forum Feb. 4-6, in Washington, D.C.
Since 2004, more than 450 young clergy have participated in these leadership-preparation events, held at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill.
For 2013, an additional two-day event, Feb. 7-8, will focus on advocacy, giving participants a chance to engage in public policy at the federal level.
For each segment of the leadership forum, the familiarization and the advocacy training, GBCS will host a maximum of 50 attendees.
Two per Conference
Each Annual Conference is encouraged to send two young clergy: elders or deacons, provisional or ordained. Attendees must be age 35 or younger. GBCS hopes to achieve inclusivity goals by gender, race, and ethnicity, as well.
Preference for selection goes to provisional or ordained clergy serving in fulltime appointments.
In the California-Nevada Annual Conference, the Rev. Greg Bergquist, Conference Superintendent for Leadership Development, will make the recommendation of two young clergy to GBCS.
GBCS's application deadline is Dec. 14, so interested parties will need to contact Bergquist by Dec. 12.
Leadership Forum and Advocacy Training
The 2013 Young Clergy Leadership Forum, Feb. 4-6, Monday to Wednesday, will provide:
  • Conversation with the GBCS chief executive and advocacy staff members;
  • Introduction to GBCS resources that support nurture, outreach, and witness in the local church and Annual Conference;
  • Creative, participatory ways to teach the Social Principles in local churches; and
  • An overview of legislative priorities and key advocacy networks.
The advocacy training, Feb. 7-8, Thursday to Friday, will provide:
  • Training on how to engage in faithful advocacy;
  • Education about key legislative issues being debated on Capitol Hill and their impact in the United States and beyond; and
  • Opportunities to meet with congressional leaders and practice advocacy skills.
Continuing Education Credits of 1.5 to 3 will be awarded for this training, depending on how much of the event a participant attends.
Registration fees are as follows:
  • For the familiarization event only (Feb. 4-6, arriving Feb. 3): $200.
  • Additional fee of $125 for those who wish to stay for advocacy training (Feb. 6-8).
Registration fee includes cost of housing, meals, and metro transportation during the training. Conferences, local churches, or participants will be responsible for cost of travel to and from Washington, D.C., as well as incidentals beyond the hours of the event.
If participants elect to bring their spouse/family or prefer a private room, there will be an additional charge of $200-$300, depending on how long they stay – unless both spouses are clergy participating in the forum.
Download the registration form from GBCS's website at Young Clergy Leadership Forum. Complete form and submit to Greg Bergquist, CA-NV Annual Conference, P.O. Box 980250, West Sacramento, CA 95798 or by email to – by Wednesday, Dec. 12.
For more information, contact the Rev. Julie Wilson, Conference relations organizer, Education & Leadership Formation, at or 202.488.5650, or the Rev. Neal Christie, assistant general secretary for Education & Leadership Formation, at or 202.488.5611.