LIT (Leading in Transformation) Conference Returns to Atlanta for Second Year


The UMC's General Board of Higher Education, Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21) and its National Network of Young Adults program, will host the Leading in Transformation (LIT) Conference on September 21 at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. 

Conference Organizer and National Network of Young Adults Program Coordinator Nathalie Nelson Parker said the full-day conference will help young adults and young clergy answer the overarching question, “where is God calling me to serve?”

“The entire day will be LIT”, exclaimed Nelson Parker. “I’m so excited that we are back for a 2nd year with an even more dynamic and informative day that will include workshops, powerful preaching, networking and dialogue to inspire young adults as they hear, discern, and respond to God’s call on their lives. This gathering cultivates a culture of call and prepares transformational leaders to develop an awareness and action plan as they serve the church, their community and ultimately the world. The evening will close with an explosive worship experience that is open to the public, featuring Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist Travis Greene and keynote speaker Rev. Kevin Murriel, Lead Pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church”, she said.

“This is an event that brings together young adults, clergy, mentors and coaches to empower the next generation to see how they fit in transforming the world with the light of Christ," said Jakaela Davis a seminarian at Duke Divinity School who attended last year. 

“The LIT conference gave me the opportunity to equip and enhance myself, said Robert Gordon, Jr. who serves as a UMC pastor in South Carolina while attending Claflin University. “I knew when I left that I could go and be a game changer in school, church and my community. LIT was also the gateway for me to find others who wanted to do the same,” said Gordon.

The more than 300 expected participants will attend two plenary sessions and five breakout sessions focused on Ministry, Academic, Social Justice, Entrepreneurship and Seminary. The conference also includes a “Wellness” Community Impact session that will prepare leaders with practical educational training in a small group setting to address social justice concerns such as faith and health, mass incarceration, suicide prevention, and much more.

Registration is only $50 dollars and students from undergraduate institutions, seminaries, churches and organizations from across the country, HBCUs affiliated with the UMC, Wesley Foundations/campus ministries as well as other denominations are all registering young adult leaders. For a full schedule, session topics and descriptions, please visit:, or stay connected via social media on Instagram/Twitter @NNYA_LIT or Facebook @NationalNetworkofYoungAdults.