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)             770-757-9294
Atlanta-College Park         Robert King (Cascade)                                        404-691-5770
Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford     Brett Hellesheim (Mountain Park UMC)                  615-336-4415
Atlanta-Emory                   Chris Moss (Tucker First UMC)                                    770-883-3095
Atlanta-Marietta                Nikki Hobus, Kennesaw UMC                               706-338-5471
Atlanta-Roswell                 Chris Mixer (Simpsonwood UMC)            205-218-7533
Augusta                             Aaron Talbott (Thomson FUMC)                       706-595-3936
Gainesville                        Jeremy Noffsinger (Clayton First UMC)    706-782-4426, x 226
Griffin                                TBD
LaGrange                          Blake Trent (LaGrange First)                                706-884-4635
Northwest                          Nate Juvinall   (Dalton FUMC)                             706-278-8494
Rome-Carrollton               TBD


These are some helpful sites where you can find more information and resourcing for youth ministry in a United Methodist congregation:    Official UM site for youth resources published through the UMC                     United Methodist resources and links for youth and young adults   A national network all about the hearts and souls of youth workers                            Southeastern jurisdiction’s site for ministries with young people               Search Institutes’ 40 developmental assets for raising successful young people                         Devotional lifestyle magazine for teens and written by teens


Recommended books all available through

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