Great Plains United Methodist Youth

Welcome to GP Youth! We want to invest in you to continue to do great youth ministry. It takes time, energy, and resources to create a thriving youth ministry, and this is the place to find those resources. Check out our hub for youth workers, grants, events, and leadership opportunities throughout the conference. For more information, contact the Rev. Melissa Collier Gepford.

Meet Our Team

Get to know our fantastic team of Kids and Youth Ministry Regional Coordinators and Ministry Specialists. We’re here to connect with and resource you! We work together with conference staff to ensure that each local Kids and Youth Ministry Leader is equipped, empowered, and unleashed to do great ministry in the Great Plains. Connect with us here.

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Join our mailing list of over 500 youth ministry leaders in the conference! Each month, you’ll receive an eNewsletter full of devotions, articles, curriculum, grant opportunities, and Great Plains Youth news. Subscribe here.


Youth Ministry Toolbox

Resources are available for youth ministry leaders and volunteer teams. Resources include training, curriculum, seasonal resources, podcasts, connections to other youth ministry hubs, and more. Find resources here.

Youth Ministry Grants

We want to invest in you! Grants are available for youth workers, internships, and youth groups. Learn more and apply.

Leadership Lab

Leadership Lab is a choose-your-own-adventure Christian Leadership experiment for high school students in the Great Plains Conference. High school students engage in a web of relationships, resourcing, and experiences that culminate in eligibility for a triennial trip to the Holy Land with other students, their mentors, and the key conference leaders. Eligibility is determined by completing the Leadership Lab curriculum. Learn more.


Youth are invited to participate in Annual Conference and a variety of events hosted at the regional and district level. Youth Ministry leaders are invited to get plugged in with their regional and district coordinators to learn more about gatherings and network opportunities with other ministry leaders. Learn more here.