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]

Youth Rally teaches thousands lessons on loveYouth Rally teaches thousands lessons on love

Christ’s love was defined beautifully through inspiring words spoken and sung at the 2017 Peninsula-Delaware Conference Youth Rally, held in Ocean City, Md., Jan. 6-8. But it was defined best in deeds, as thousands of youth–including many from the Eastern PA Conference—formed bonds of loving support with each other and their adult leaders… Read more

Reflections on ‘This Is Love’ 

Be sure to read the touching, eloquent reflections written by Eastern PA’s CCYM leaders on what moved them most about the Youth Rally—ranging from Fitzhugh’s personal testimonies, to the worship music, to the inspiration they felt during the prayer altar call. Read more

Staff Contact

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

(814) 883-0118

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