Young People's Ministries

Below is information from the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church on Young People's Ministries. Desert Southwest Conference event information and resources for youth and young adults can be found by navigating through the various links on the right or by contacting Billie Fidlin, Chairperson of Young People's Ministries for The Desert Southwest Conference at

Young People's Ministries Information and Resources

Young People’s Ministries was created to connect young people and those in ministries with young people to each other, to the church, and to God.

The purpose of Young People’s Ministries is to empower young people as world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ, to nurture faith development, and to equip young leaders by:

    • developing youth/young adult spiritual leaders of local congregations to transform lives by making disciples of Jesus Christ;
    • challenging The United Methodist Church to embrace, confirm, and celebrate God’s call on the lives of young people;
    • cultivating and nurturing life-giving ministries where influence and worth are not limited by age or experience;
    • advocating for the issues and concerns of young people in the church and the global community;
    • empowering young people to work as agents of peace, justice, and mercy; and
    • building a network of support and providing resources that connect the diverse experiences of youth and young adults in local ministries and communities across the globe.

Click here to visit the GBOD Young People's Ministries website or click here to visit the GBOD Young People's Ministries for the Western Jurisdiction.

The GBOD (General Board of Discipleship) has several resources and networking opportunities available for Young Adults. Below are some of the items you will find by clicking here.

  • Read Devotions by Young Adults, For Young Adults
  • Find Young Adult Resources
  • Locate Young Adult Ministries
  • Young Adult Events
  • Internships and Gigs

On January 6-7, 2005 an organizing committee of youthworkers gathered to discuss the formation of a new association for United Methodist youthworkers. They discussed the need to connect youthworkers with each other for mutual support and for sharing of resources. An in depth exploration of the group’s vision for the association resulted in seeking identity as a “society” or a “movement.” The nature of the organization will be “Society” or “Movement.”

Click here to visit the Youth Worker Movement website and to learn more about this ministry.