Youth at Annual Conference

Youth are always welcome at annual conference! Arrangements have been made for youth to stay, eat, and participate in all annual conference sessions, worship services, and evening activities together. Meals begin with dinner on Wednesday and end with breakfast on Saturday. Lodging is quad occupancy. The Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) has planned an orientation for youth, small group learning opportunities, and evening activities. A detailed schedule will be emailed to youth and parent/guardians prior to Annual Conference.

Three ways youth can participate:

  1. District Youth Equalization Member: Each district has elected two youth to serve as equalization members representing their district. For more information about this position and to register, contact Rev. Melissa Collier Gepford.
  2. Local Church Lay Delegate or Alternate: Any youth in grades 7-12 who is serving as a lay delegate or alternate lay delegate from their church can register to be part of the youth caucus. The housing and meal fee is $125 per youth. You must register on two forms.
  3. Youth Observer: Youth in grades 7-12 who want to attend as a non-voting observer can register to be part of the youth caucus. The housing and meal fee is $125 per youth. Register here.

All youth participants must fill out and submit the Medical Record and Liability Release. The form can be submitted to Donna Ernest at dernest@greatplainsumc.org or mailed to: 1207 SW Executive Drive, Topeka, KS 66615.


If you have questions about youth involvement at annual conference, please email Rev. Melissa Collier Gepford at mgepford@greatplainsumc.org.