Youth

Vibrant, relevant, and diverse ministry with the youth of North Georgia!
Youth ministry in the North Georgia Conference is diverse. The conference (the largest in membership in United Methodism) is made up of mostly small churches, but it is also the conference with the most MEGA churches, meaning there are many churches with no youth ministry programming, many churches with an average size youth group of 12 to 20 at a weekly gathering, and quite a few churches with hundreds of youth actively attending various youth ministries consisting of small groups, large worship, and powerful service.
 
No matter what size, no matter how active, no matter how informed or experienced you are in youth ministry, the North Georgia Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) wants to be a resource and a source of encouragement for reaching out and equipping the youth and youth leaders in your community. In these youth ministry web pages you will find opportunities for everyone in the conference to learn from ministering with youth. You will find spiritual retreats, training opportunities, mission trips, and support - all created just for you and your group. Let us know how we can be involved in the lives and discipling of your youth. Our role with all of these events is to help our congregations do better, not to do better than our congregations. 
 

News

Good Stuff: 160 Youth Have a Whale of a Time at Beach Retreat
7/10/2023
PHOTO ALBUM Last weekend 160 youth from churches across the North Georgia Conference and neighboring UMC youth from Alabama traveled south for our inaugural Conference Youth Beach Retreat ​held at Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center in Florida, just outside Panama City. Organized by our Center for Congregational Excellence and Allison Sligh, leader of Experiential Discipleship and Retreats, the retreat was designed for youth groups (6th-12th graders) and their adult chaperones.  Guest ...
Bishop Dease Speaks at National Scout Gathering
7/7/2023
Bishop Dease with Chris Karabinos (Chair, North Georgia Conference Committee on Scouting) and Tracy Techau (Scout Executive & CEO,  Atlanta Area Council) PHOTO ALBUM Scouting leaders from across the country gathered in Atlanta earlier this summer for the National Annual Meeting of the BSA.  A highlight of the annual meeting is always the Duty to God Breakfast. Duty to God has been a core tenet of Scouting since the organization’s founding in 1910. This breakfast was an opportunity for Scouting ...
Celebrating 2022-2023 United Methodist Scholarship Recipients
2/20/2023
We celebrate the 2022-2023 recipients of scholarships from the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education! These future leaders range from first-year freshmen to doctorate-level students across the denomination. Students who are members of any United Methodist church may apply for a Fall 2023 GBHEM scholarship online by March 30, 2023, at www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication. Recipients of GBHEM scholarships in the North Georgia Annual Conference include:  Jayla Rushin  BEN HILL ...
Youth Opportunity to Explore Faith and Social Justice Launches from Black Church Development
1/24/2023
Youth and Adult Leadership Opportunity Begins This Month January 2023   “Faith in Action is an intentional, intergenerational program to engage young leaders and equip mentors with the skills and competencies to transform the world,” says Rev. Nathalie Nelson Parker, the new Team Chair for Black Congregational Development Committee of the North Georgia Conference. “By participating in Faith and Action, young leaders will be prepared with critical conversations, spiritual formation, social ...

Staff

Allison Sligh
Experiential Discipleship and Retreats
Chris Moss
Youth Consultant

Quick Links

Across North Georgia, youth ministry staff and volunteers collaborate, share ideas, and support one another.
The North Georgia Conference plans and leads retreats for teenagers throughout the year. Let us do the planning and logistical work for your youth group!