Youth Leadership Initiative

The Youth Leadership Initiative exists to identify and assist in the development of EMC youth who exhibit leadership potential or who express a call to ministry.

The EMC Youth Initiative will fulfill its mission in the following ways:

1.  Youth Leadership Initiative -– To identify and help develop youth who exhibit leadership potential.

  • Provide special training or breakouts for participants at camps, retreats, and denominational events.
  • Connect participating youth for encouragement and accountability.
  • Invite youth to participate in decision-making for denominational youth priorities and for camps and other events.
  • Encourage youth to serve in their local church and in a denominational capacity.

2.  Next Gen Pastors Initiative – To identify youth who express a call to vocational ministry and encourage them in the pursuit of that call.

  • Work with local pastors to confirm and foster the call to ministry.
  • Work to connect youth with Conference Superintendents for communication, encouragement, and information.
  • Network with the Haggard School of Ministry to provide training and/or enrollment in the Haggard School of Ministry.
  • Encourage students enrolled in a local community college to dual enroll in Haggard School of Ministry.
  • Work with approved Christian colleges to provide a presence at camps and denominational events and to also provide resources to prospective students.


  • The EMC Youth Leadership Initiative is open to any qualifying EMC youth.
  • Youth participating in the EMC Youth Initiative must be recommended by a pastor, youth pastor, youth leader, Conference Superintendent, or BYCM Member.
  • Youth must exhibit leadership potential.
  • All youth wishing to participate in any program of the Youth Leadership Initiative must complete an online application.

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