Young People’s Ministries

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Young People’s Ministries, comprising dual emphases on Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministries, strives to create connections in ministry and fellowship among members of each age-group so they can grow together in Christ, as they discover empowered, fulfilling lives grounded in faith.

We focus on faith formation, principled leadership development, mission engagement, communication, cooperation and advocacy. In the process, we seek to cultivate unconditional love, self-worth and peer support among young people, and to foster their social activism for peace and justice. We draw our inspiration and ideas from the diverse experiences of youth and of young adults who are active in their churches and communities. View and download Our Mission [PDF]


The Conference Council on Youth Ministries, including new members and adult youth leaders, met Nov. 23, welcoming members from all four districts for the first time. The group discussed implicit racial bias, part of its ongoing focus on race, culture, racism and reconciliation. Members also began planning their 2020 Youth Rally March 28 and selected two youth to represent them at the 2020 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference.


Conference youth grateful for journey to Youth 2019

Eleven youth, 6th to 12th-graders, and three adults from the Eastern PA UMC Conference trekked to Kansas City, Mo., July 8-15, to join thousands of their peers at Youth 2019, July 10-14, a quadrennial, national convocation of United Methodist youth and youth leaders. Together they explored and celebrated Christian discipleship, worship, Bible study and mission service, all under the theme “Love Well.”

The nearly 18-hour, 1,100-mile journey through five states in a 15-passenger van was a costly adventure made possible by generous donors who provided supplies and much-needed funds. “Every donation was a blessing, and our Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) extends grateful hearts to all those who donated to this trip,” said the Rev. David Piltz, Conference Coordinator of Youth Ministries. Read more…


Staff Contact

David Piltz, CLMDavid Piltz, CLM
Coordinator,
Youth and Young Adult Ministries

(814) 883-0118
dpiltz@epaumc.org


Young People’s News & Information

  • Listen to your children
    I have always loved the praise song by Ken Medema titled “Lord, Listen to Your Children.” Its refrain goes like this: Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord, send your Spirit in this place; Lord, listen to your children praying, Send us love, send us pow'r, send us grace.  Read more
  • Conference youth grateful for journey to Youth 2019
    Eleven youth, 6th to 12th-graders, and three adults from the Eastern PA UMC Conference trekked to Kansas City, Mo., July 8-15, to join thousands of their peers at Youth 2019,... Read more
  • Conference youth events spur ministry on the move
    Members of the Eastern PA Conference Council on Youth Ministry, led by the Rev. David Piltz, conference Coordinator of Young People’s Ministries, have had a very busy, very mobile year,... Read more