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April 2023

2024 Young People’s Address at General Conference: Apply Now!

By Chris Wilterdink

Are you comfortable on stage and have something important to say to leaders of The United Methodist Church? Can you cast a vision and inspire people to action? Might you even be able to be prophetic?

The Young People's Address is a twenty- to thirty-minute talk delivered on stage at General Conference 2024 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is a chance to communicate directly with the delegates of General Conference from the stage and to be livestreamed to anyone who tunes in to listen. There is an application process, and not everyone who applies will receive an invitation to speak.

Applicants must be members in good standing of The United Methodist Church and meet Book of Discipline age definitions for a "youth" or "young adult." This means that:

  • Applicants from jurisdictions in the United States must be between the ages of 12-30 years of age by May 3, 2024.
  • Applicants from Central Conferences outside the United States must be between the ages of 12-35 years of age by May 3, 2024.

Applications may be submitted in any language. Reviewers will use Google Translate for any applications received that are not in English.

Applications are due by August 31, 2023. Invitations will be made no later than September 30, 2023.

Applicants must complete this application (on Google Forms) along with submitting a brief video to be considered for the opportunity. If selected as a speaker, you will work with Young People's Ministries staff to prepare your talk, with a final version due to the organizers of General Conference by January 2024.

Questions? Please contact cwilterdink@umcdiscipleship.org.

Chris serves as Director of Young People’s Ministries for Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Chris has a BA in English Education, and an MS in Project Management, and over 15 years of local-church youth ministry experience. He is passionate about leadership and faith development in young people and helping ministry leaders understand their value in the lives of young people. A Stephen Minister, Chris is a native of Colorado living in Franklin, TN with his wife Emily, 2 children, and sausage-shaped beagle.