Youth Workers' Resources


Meet the Team

Melissa Gepford
Director of intergenerational discipleship

Melissa is the chief resourcer for kids, youth, and discipleship ministry leaders in the Great Plains Conference. She is a writer and researcher who develops curriculum and other resources for pastors, kids and youth leaders, churches, and publications. She is a deacon in the United Methodist Church. She loves to dance, garden, CrossFit, read books, and laugh. A lot.



GP Youth Worker Collective
Join our mailing list of over 500 youth workers in the conference! Each month, you’ll receive a eNewsletter full of devotions, articles, curriculum, grant opportunities, and Great Plains Youth news. 

Great Plains Discipleship Facebook Group
Articles, events, webinars, Live events, and more in our official Facebook group

Learning Opportunities
Connect with your Regional Youth Ministry Rep for more information on regional training and youth worker meetups! More information coming soon!

Safe Gatherings is the Conference-wide training required for all people engaged in ministry with kids, youth, and vulnerable adult populations. Be sure you and every volunteer is Safe Gatherings certified.

Youth Ministry Institute Midwest offers support for local churches through consulting, training, and coaching services for youth ministry., out of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College offers online courses related to Youth, Children, and Retreats. Online Certification in Youth Ministry is also available in partnership with Youth Ministry Institute.

Perkins School of Youth Ministry, out of Perkins School of Theology at SMU, coordinates training programs exclusively designed to resource those in the church whose ministries focus on youth and young adults. Certification is available. Dallas, TX.

Podcasts, Curriculum, and Other Resource Hubs
Ministry Architects
Youth Ministry Partners
Youth Worker Collective
UMC Young People’s Ministries
Center for Youth Ministry Training
Fuller Youth Institute
Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry