Young Adult Clergy Booth at Kansas West Annual Conference

Last week, I was part of the Kansas West Annual Conference. It was a great conference. I tried a new thing and reserved a booth for young clergy. This had several positive outcomes, including:

  • Gathered a (perhaps) comprehensive list of young adult clergy within the annual conference
  • Increased awareness of young adults in ministry in the conference
  • Created space to share words of wisdom about ministry
  • Created space to share dreams for the denomination
  • Shared information about 40 Days of Prayer and Exploration 2009

I felt that it was a significant step in encouraging young people in ministry within Kansas West.

Thanks to Jeff Slater for the photos!

Tangible Next Steps for the UMC in Kansas

I am confident and hopeful for the future of the United Methodist Church in Kansas. I have a lot of dreams and visions for what might be possible in the future. I have work to do on bringing them into reality. Here are some tangible next steps that I believe  could be a part of spiritual revival in the state of Kansas and renewal within the United Methodist Church.

What are other tangible steps that you would suggest?

  1. Participate in 40 days of Prayer for the Denomination – Continue to check www.umcyoungclergy.com for a relaunched site soon and details on the prayer campaign.
  2. Meet at least two leaders at Annual Conference who are younger than you:
    1. Ask, “How have you seen God at work in your ministry?”
    2. Share and listen to a dream for the future of the United Methodist Church in Kansas
    3. Ask, “In what way might I be helpful for you?”
    4. Follow through on their response
    5. Throughout the year ahead, pray for them and let them know that you are praying for them.
  3. Meet at least two leaders at Annual Conference who are older than you:
    1. Ask, “How have you seen God at work in your ministry?”
    2. Share and listen to a dream for the future of the United Methodist Church in Kansas
    3. Ask, “In what way might I be helpful for you?”
    4. Follow through on their response
    5. Throughout the year ahead, pray for them and let them know that you are praying for them.
  4. Spend time at the Young Clergy booth at Annual Conference (especially if you are a clergy person, seminary student or considering becoming clergy and are age 35 or under) to:
    1. Meet young leaders in the conference.
    2. Find information about Exploration 2009
    3. Collaborate to organize monthly young clergy meals for 2009
    4. Provide input for young clergy retreats in the 2009-2010 appointive year
    5. Pick up information about connecting via social media
  5. Identify one young person whom you believe God may be calling into ministry and invite her or him to attend Exploration 2009.