Youth Ministries Resources and Recommendations

District Youth Coordinators

One strength of the United Methodist Church is our connection to other churches through our conference (North Georgia in our case) and our districts. Your district youth coordinator is a youth minister at a local church in your district who offers his or her services to help promote youth ministry within your district. This is done through planning of district events such as rallies, training events, and even retreats. A DYC is also a great resource person for ideas and getting to know other youth workers (volunteer as well as paid staff) in your area.

To find out your district, click here

Then look below to find out who the District Youth Coordinator of your district is (or a contact person for your district youth ministry):

Athens-Elberton                Rev. Kaylen Short (Midway UMC – Auburn)   kaylen.short@ngumc.net            770-757-9294
Atlanta-College Park         Robert King (Cascade)                                   robert.king@ngumc.net              404-691-5770
Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford     Brett Hellesheim (Mountain Park UMC)         brett7481@gmail.com                 615-336-4415
Atlanta-Emory                   Chris Moss (Tucker First UMC)                      cmoss@tfumc.org                       770-883-3095
Atlanta-Marietta                 Nikki Hobus, Kennesaw UMC                         nikkihobus@gmail.com               706-338-5471
Atlanta-Roswell                 Chris Mixer (Simpsonwood UMC)                  cmixer@simpsonwoodumc.org   205-218-7533
Augusta                             Aaron Talbott (Thomson FUMC)                    aaron@thomsonfumc.org           706-595-3936
Gainesville                        Jeremy Noffsinger (Clayton First UMC)         jeremy@claytonmethodist.com   706-782-4426, x 226
Griffin                                 [To be announced soon]
LaGrange                          Blake Trent (LaGrange First)                         blake.trent@ngumc.net               706-884-4635
Northwest                           Nate Juvinall   (Dalton FUMC)                       dfumcyouth@optilink.us              706-278-8494
Rome-Carrollton                 Josh Stitcher (Breman UMC)                         josh.stitcher@ngumc.net            770-537-4925

 

Websites

These are some helpful sites where you can find more information and resourcing for youth ministry in a United Methodist congregation:

www.youthministrypartners.com    Official UM site for youth resources published through the UMC
umcyoungpeople.org                     United Methodist resources and links for youth and young adults
www.youthworkermovement.org   A national network all about the hearts and souls of youth workers
www.sejmyp.org                            Southeastern jurisdiction’s site for ministries with young people
www.search-institute.org               Search Institutes’ 40 developmental assets for raising successful young people
www.devozine.org                         Devotional lifestyle magazine for teens and written by teens

 

Recommended books all available through www.cokesbury.com

Single-Digit Youth Groups: Working with Fewer Than 10 Teens by Marcey Balcomb

Smaller Church Youth Ministry: No Staff, No Money, No Problem by Brad Fiscus

One Body: Integrating Teenagers Into the Life of Your Church by Sam Halverson

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Brad Griffin, Jake Mulder, and Kara Powell

Mission Trip/Work Camp Experiences for Your Group

Here are some camps - both local, out of state, and international - that have proved to be trustworthy and workable through the UMC:

In the North Georgia Conference:

River of Life - mission week available through various local congregations and communities all over North Georgia

DAP - (Dalton Area Project) mission week run by Dalton FUMC in the Dalton area

MAP - (Metro Atlanta Project) mission week run by Northside UMC in the Atlanta area

M25 - multiple mission weeks run by Mt. Bethel UMC in the Atlanta area

Nehemiah Project - mission week run by Liberty Hill UMC in the Canton/Cherokee County area

 

In the United States (and outside North Georgia):

UMVIM/UMCOR - a listing of United Methodist related missions opportunities within the United States as well as all over the world. 

*ReCreation Experiences - Ashville, NC area

*The Pittsburgh Project - Inner city of Pittsburgh, PA

*Group Workcamps - All over the U.S. and international

*YouthWorks - All over the U.S.

*Team Effort - All over the U.S. and international

 

Out of the Country:

Mission Bridges - a mission partnership between the North Georgia Conference and nine other locations throughout the world. A special youth missions focus is developed with The Bahamas through Bahamas Methodist Habitat.

UMVIM/UMCOR - a listing of United Methodist related missions opportunities within the United States as well as all over the world. 

*Praying Pelican Missions - International opportunities all over the world

*Team Effort - International opportunities all over the world

*The Youth Cartel - Mostly in conjunction with Praying Pelican, but with special Youth Cartel leadership. Haiti and Cuba.

*Group Workcamps - All over the U.S. and international

*Lunches for Learning - Honduras - also available for connection with congregations not planning on travelling

 

*Not affiliated with the UMC, but they are able to design instruction around our doctrines and theology