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.


Regional Coordinator Applications Open!

We are currently accepting applications and nominations for Youth Ministry REGIONAL COORDINATORS in the Northwest and Southwest Regions! Regional Coordinators will serve as resourcers and connectors for Kids Ministry Leaders throughout the conference. To apply, click here.  If you know someone who is perfect for this role, NOMINATE them!


We are piloting this program with Youth Ministry in the Northwest and Southwest regions first, and as we learn and adapt, we'll add the remaining regional coordinators on a rolling basis. We chose those two regions strategically, recognizing the need for resourcing a connecting in more rural areas. Regional coordinators in these two regions will be able to test-run training modules, resourcing, and quarterly equipping events for youth workers in the western half of the conference.

District Youth Coordinators will remain a crucial part of our team! Regional and District Coordinators will work together to develop the strategy for connection and resourcing in their respective regions and districts. 

Both district and regional roles will 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.

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Youth Workers

Resources are available for youth workers and volunteer teams. Resources include training, curriculum, 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, youth groups, and individual youth. Learn more and apply.


Leadership Lab

Leadership Lab is a gamified 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.



Great Plains Youth hosts annual events throughout the states of Kansas and Nebraska. Regions and districts also offer a variety of events for youth groups and training opportunities for youth workers. Learn more here. 


Health Form

Every person attending a Great Plains Conference event must bring a completed health form. Download the form here.


Youth Ministry while Social Distancing

Check out the resources available for youth ministry during our current season of coronavirus and social distancing. Find resources here.


ReLaunching after COVID

Read up on guidelines and things to consider before you relaunch your youth ministry.


Youth Retreat Curriculum Available!

Let My People Go is a faith-based antiracism youth curriculum that uses the story of the Exodus as an invitation for Christians to uncover God’s call to anti-oppressive liberation. Let My People Go is created by the Justice and Faith Collective and was commissioned by the Great Plains United Methodist Conference. The curriculum includes six flexible sessions that can be utilized in person or virtually. Click here to get access to the leader guide, videos, student journal, and more!