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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):

Central East                      Min Lee (Duluth UMC)                                      mlee@duluthumc.org                       818-903-0054
Central North                    Jason Scott (Roswell)                                       scottj@rumc.com                              770-268-6075
Central South                   Taressa Thompson (Columbia Drive UMC)      taressalthompson@gmail.com          404-284-4151
                                         Chris Moss (Tucker First UMC)                         cmoss@tfumc.org                             770-938-3030
Central West                    Jono Moehlig (Smyrna First UMC)                    jono@smyrnafumc.org                       248-202-2017
South East                       Aaron Talbott (Wesley UMC)                             aaron@wesleyumc.net                       706-595-3936
North East                        Wilson Barber (Creekside)                               wilsonbarber@creekside.net               770-888-8449
South West                      Laura Willoughby (Pine Mtn. First UMC)          youthdirector@fumcpinemountain.org 770-253-7400
North West                       Lane Gilbert  (Sam Jones Memorial)               lgilbert@samjonesumc.org                   770-382-4772


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.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:

MAP - (Metro Atlanta Project) mission week run by Northside 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 - Asheville, 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:

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