Methodists, Evangelicals Train Next Generation

WASHINGTON – The United Methodist Church is gathering dozens of young adult pastors who are interested in justice and advocacy, for the third annual General Board of Church and Society Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

The Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 event will allow young adult pastors an opportunity to see first-hand what goes on at the Church and Society Board – the denomination’s social advocacy wing, whose office is located right across the Supreme Court – and to meet with key congressmen on social issues that impact the global community.

The young adult conference spotlights the larger trend of denominations placing a greater emphasis on training its next generation of leaders in all areas of ministry. The National Association for Evangelicals, for example, will be holding a similar training conference for students in mid January, also in Washington, D.C.

Both events feature time for advocacy, debate and training, we as well as opportunities to network, fellowship and worship with other young leaders across the nation.

In the case of the United Methodist Church, a young adult is considered to be anyone under the age of 40. A maximum of 60 participants will be allowed to attend the United Methodist conference.