Its mission is to find ways to encourage young people to follow Jesus, make disciples, and to transform the world.
Youth & Young Adults
We believe in creating a safe, welcoming environment where young people can grow in their faith, create lasting relationships and discover how to transform the world.
Click on the links below to learn more about various areas of ministry with youth and young adults:
Amanda Thomas, CCYM Coordinator
Edward Ramsey, Youth Events Coordinator
Havaleh Havelka, Training and Resource Specialist
Summit is a spiritual retreat for youth grades 6 through 12 and includes powerful sessions with challenging talks, inspirational music, and lots of fun for youth groups. Learn more at www.summitretreat.com.
2019 Date: February 1-3, 2019
Location: Newton-Conover Auditorium in Newton, NC
IDK is an annual event for youth grades 6 through 12 who are exploring a call to ministry. Learn more at www.callingidk.org.
2019 Date: March 2, 2019
Location: First UMC in Hickory, NC
IgniteUS is a middle school retreat for youth grades 6 through 8 and hosted by CCYM.
2019 Date: April 12-14, 2019
SpiritUS is an annual event for youth grades 6 through 12. Youth groups from all over the NC region come together for music, speakers, faith formation, and joyful fun at the beach! Learn more at spirit-us.com.
2018 Dates: August 4-6, 2018 and August 10-12, 2018
2019 Dates: August 3-5, 2019 and August 9-11, 2019
Location: Fort Caswell in Oak Island, NC
YETI – PFEIFFER UNIVERSITY
YeTI is a two-week summer experience for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to become useful and effective servant leaders—and are ready to learn more about themselves in relation to God and God’s call on their lives.
Over the course of two weeks, students will explore time-honored theological ideas, put faith into action through hands-on learning and community service, engage in a daily rhythm of prayer and worship and discover what it means to be a beloved member of God’s household. After engaging in this program, students will be better equipped to lead mission and ministry in their communities.
2018 Dates: June 17 - June 30, 2018
Learn more about YeTI on the Pfeiffer website.
Click here for the YeTI printable sheet to share this information with others.
The CCYM is a leadership team of youth and adults who plan and implement ministries for youth across the Western North Carolina Conference. In addition, the CCYM receives grant applications and awards Youth Service Funds each year.
The CCYM mission is to find ways to encourage young people to follow Jesus, make disciples, and to transform the world.
Each district needs representation of youth and adults on the CCYM. Please read the CCYM guidelines and consider applying to be part of this dynamic leadership team.
The YSF is money that is raised by youth for youth. Funds are raised through local churches, then are given away through grants administered by the CCYM.
Of the funds given, 70% is given back within the Western North Carolina Conference. The remaining 30% is donated to the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), and this amount is used to fund projects that a team of youth from around the world select. Most importantly, the projects supported are designed and led by youth, for the benefit of their peers. (Book of Discipline 2012, ¶649. 3. i-k; ¶1208)
Are you a volunteer or staff person ministering to youth? Consider participating in the Youth Ministry Coaching Program!
The Western NC Conference partners with The Youth Cartel to offer the Youth Ministry Coaching Program to individuals who are volunteering or working professionally in youth ministry. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for critical reflection and discussion of youth ministry issues, but also to provide a safe place to experience holistic growth. This is not a training program; it is an opportunity for individuals to receive one-on-one spiritual and life coaching in addition to group discussion and accountability within a small cohort.
Reach out to Havaleh Havelka, Training and Resource Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about when new cohorts are forming, the application process and available scholarships.
Would you be interested in gathering youth leaders in your district for periodic networking opportunities? Let Havaleh know!
The General Conference mandate of 1996 requires all United Methodist Churches to implement policies and procedures to prevent the risk of abuse of children, youth and vulnerable adults.
Each local church context is unique. As such, each church should gather a team to create, review, update and enforce a Safe Sanctuaries policy that meets the needs of their individual context. Rev. Joy Thornburg Melton wrote a book titled Safe Sanctuaries that offers insight into the need for such policies and procedures, as well as guidance for writing and implementing a church policy.
One factor in Safe Sanctuaries policies is the utilization of national background and DMV checks to screen staff and volunteer candidates before they supervise children, youth or vulnerable adults or before they drive on behalf of the church. The Western NC Conference partners with Trak-1 Technologies, an accredited provider of background screening, to safely and securely screen employees, contractors and volunteers.
Churches can also sign up with Trak-1 for low-cost screening! Then, local church volunteers who would like to volunteer for events or participate in mission work at the conference level do not need to undergo duplicative screening.
Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth by Joy Thornburg Melton
Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World by Joy Thornburg Melton and Michelle L. Foster
Safe Sanctuaries: The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults by Joy Thornburg Melton
Rev. Michelle Foster-Beckerleg, Safe Sanctuaries Consultant
Havaleh Havelka, Training and Resource Specialist
Maybe you have it all figured out…maybe you could use a little guidance. Young People’s Ministries recently revised “Youth Ministry Staff Position Recommendations” to assist you in the process.
Originally conceived as “The Epworth Document” and written by conference youth staff from the Southeastern jurisdiction, the goal of the brief resource is to give churches suggestions for hiring, managing, and releasing youth ministry staff with dignity and care. Check it out to see how you/your church is doing.