Young Adults


We're here to help young adults connect with a congregation in their community - not simply form a closed ministry silo of young people that is separate from the ministries of the rest of the congregation.

If your church is working to strengthen its ministry with young adults or looking for ways to reach out to young adults in the area, the Center for Congregational Excellence can help you find ideas, connect with upcoming conference events, and discover what young adults are doing as they become leaders in the United Methodist Churches throughout our conference.

Church and Society Tour

Designed for young adults 18 and older.  This experience has been described as eye-opening and life changing as we explore the ways United Methodists are influencing our nation and world.  Seminars will be led by the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church.  There will be 2 zoom meetings in the summer for participants. $1600 includes airfare from Atlanta to New York, double occupancy lodging in NYC and Washington D.C., charter bus transportation between cities, seminar costs, lunch on seminar days, and airfare back to Atlanta from D.C. Additional costs include - dinners and breakfasts, all meals on travel days, subway fare to seminars, and optional experiences planned by individuals.  There is so much to do in these exciting cities, free time in the evenings will allow participants to explore or customize their trips with shows, tours, and meals.



To stay in the loop about what's coming up in young adult ministries, like and follow the NGUMC Young Adults Facebook page!

Young Adult Ministries Rep:

Elissa Marks


Young Adult Ministry Resources and Recommendations


  • | United Methodist resources and links for youth and young adults.
  • Explore Calling | A great resource for those interested in/exploring a call from God.
  • | United Methodist information on varieties of ministries, both ordained and lay; also information on loans and scholarships


  • Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life by Marjorie J. Thompson
  • Soul Tending: Life-Forming Practices for Older Youth and Young Adults  (Abingdon Press)


Alive Now – a magazine of the Upper Room that seeks to nourish people who are hungry for a sacred way of living.

Small Group Studies

Available through and most other book retailers.

  • 20/30 Bible Study for Young Adults (Abingdon Press)
  • Faith Matters for Young Adults (Abingdon Press)
  • Restless Hearts: Where Do I Go Now, God? by Alex Joyner