YOUTH 2019 Message about General Conference 2019 | UMC YoungPeople
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March 2019

YOUTH 2019 Message about General Conference 2019

By Chris Wilterdink

A YOUTH 2019 Message About General Conference

Hey UMC Fam, if you’ve been hearing news stories out of St. Louis about the results of General Conference, you are not alone. We’ve been following along too, and we want to let you know… YOUTH 2019 is for everybody. We fully expect the awesome breadth, depth, and diversity of the United Methodist Church to be present at YOUTH 2019. We are creating an event where youth can lead the way and show that differences do not have to equal divisions. Our theme is Love Well, and our scripture of Romans 12:9-10 reminds us that authentic love means we are called to treat each other like brothers and sisters in Christ. And you know what? Siblings don’t always get along. Siblings fight, they tease each other. Yet siblings also lift each other up, have each other’s backs, and they love authentically. Siblings are family. We are family. When you are at YOUTH 2019, you will worship and learn as a beloved family member, eat with new friends, and discover how you are a part of the incredible diversity of a family of United Methodist Youth. #LoveWell19 #UMC #UMCLoveWell

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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.