Seeking Youth and Young Adults for Jurisdictional Pools


YoungPeopleOne of the ways that Young People's Ministries supports the life of our connectional church is by assembling a "free agent" type pool of young people that the boards of general agencies can draw upon to meet age and ethnicity diversity guidelines. In advance of General and Jurisdictional Conferences, we are collecting applications from youth and young adults across the US, and we could use your help spreading the word! Please share this link within your networks. Applications are encouraged by the end of 2015.

  • Each United States Jurisdiction may create a ‘Jurisdictional Pool’ of up to 10 youth and 10 young adults (total of 20 people per jurisdiction) who are available to UMC agencies to meet age-specific diversity suggestions.
  • Information of the applicants in the Jurisdictional Pool will be provided to Jurisdictional Conferences, where election to UMC agency boards often takes place.
  • Those elected by Jurisdictional Conference will need to complete a separate application at the time of their election.
  • If more than 10 youth or 10 young adults apply to the pool from a single jurisdiction, Young People’s Ministries staff will be responsible for reducing the number of applicants to 10 of each in that jurisdiction.
  • Inclusion in the Jurisdictional Pool provides a chance to serve on an Agency’s Board, but there are usually less than 20 spots to fill.
  • Application should be submitted by November 30, 2015.
  • Youth applicants must be between the ages of 12-18 years old as of July 31, 2016.
  • Young Adult Applicants must be between the ages of 18-30 as of July 31, 2016.
  • Active in the United Methodist Church.
  • Ability to commit to a 4-year term serving an agency of the UMC.
  • Ability to travel to annual (and sometimes more frequent) meetings scheduled by the agency.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


  • Resources
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