Helping Youth Following a School Shooting

This week, we have again witnessed the devastation that occurs all too often as part of the aftermath of a violent school shooting.  There is no doubt, regardless of your context, that there have been conversations in your circle of influence this week about the events in Parkland, FL.    Amazingly, I have been blown away at the interviews with youth that lived through this tragedy.  Their words have been both and inspiration and a challenge to me to make a difference in helping prevent these sort of events from occurring.   Our thoughts and prayers are with all that were affected by this tragedy, and may our thoughts and prayers lead to action to prevent future occurrences.

Even in the midst of these tough situation, as youth workers, we are called to ministry alongside the youth in our churches and sometimes beyond.  With that in mind, we, at SCMYP, wanted to offer a few resources from trusted colleagues and friends to help you help your youth deal with and wrestle with the impact of this terrible tragedy.  To that end, there are several links below that you might find helpful:

Responding to a Shooting:  3 Approaches For Youth Workers – an overview of possible responses from the youth worker’s perspective shared from Youth Worker Collective.

Discipleship in the Midst of Tragedy:  Discipleship Ministries has a video focused on engaging unchurched in the community during times of tragedy.  It was developed during the Hurricane in Houston last year, but can apply to a range of tragedies.

Another Tragedy…Beginning the Day After:  A brief blog post with a reminder of where to turn in the midst of these unfathomable tragedies from Walt Mueller at CPYU

Revolution Updates

Revolution 2018 News

Special Guests Announced

Revolution 2018 announced the lineup for this year’s events last month via the SCMYP social media accounts. If you missed it, you can catch up with all the news on the Revolution page of the SCMYP website.

Our speaker will be the Rev. Jasmine Smothers, and our worship will be led by Bonray.

Get to know each of our guests better on the web.

T-Shirt Design Released

For the first time ever, we are pre-releasing the T-shirt design for Revolution.
Check it out:

Be sure to guarantee your sizes by pre-ordering your shirts when you register.
At the event, we will have a limited number available on a first-come,
first-served basis.

Revolution Registration

Registration for Revolution is now open. On the registration page, you can register your group and pre-order any event T-shirts. The deadline to register at the standard $55 rate is Jan. 12. After that date, all registrations will take place at the door at a rate of $65.

Volunteers Needed for Youth 2019

Hey you! Yes, you! Come Volunteer at YOUTH 2019!
We are excited to announce that all the info about how to become a volunteer is now up on our website!
Maybe you want to volunteer because you’ve been to past YOUTH Events and you loved the expirence. Maybe you want to volunteer because you feel God is calling you to work with young people. Maybe you have no idea what YOUTH 2019 is but you’re looking for a fun volunteer opportunity. Whatever your reasons we’ve got you covered!
You can check out all the information on how to become a volunteer at but we thought we’d share some highlights with you right now!
Who can volunteer?
Anyone who is 19 years of age or older!
What do I get to do as a volunteer?
There are three options when filling out your volunteer application:
Service Volunteer
Youth 2019 is going where no YOUTH event has gone before; we are incorporating service opportunities! But this means we need lots of volunteers to help us get YOUTH participants to and from their worksites, organize worksites and more. The Service Volunteers will go through a special training at the beginning of the week with the YOUTH 2019 Service Coordinators. During training volunteers will learn about the service program, be assigned jobs for the week, and learn to work together as a team.
Backstage Volunteer
Backstage Volunteers are one of the most important groups of volunteers at Youth 2019. Trained by the Stage Manager and Worship Coordinator these volunteers will be an integral part of making evening worship and morning Bible studies happen. Backstage Volunteer jobs will vary from day to day depending on what the Stage Manager and Worship Coordinator assign.
 Gathering Volunteer 
The Gathering Volunteers cover a variety of jobs and are the heartbeat of the event. Gathering Volunteers do everything from working the registration desk and information booths, to helping in workshops and DIG groups. The Gathering Volunteer is the most versatile of all the volunteer positions. A Gathering Volunteer may spend his or her morning helping at registration and their afternoon overseeing games in the exhibit hall. Everyday will be different for Gathering Volunteers.
How to become a volunteer
Beceoming a volunteer is simple! In July 2018 we will open registration and along with that we will open our volunteer application. You will get a chance choose in what capacity you wish to serve and we will do our best to make sure you are placed where you want to be.Â
Things are coming together for YOUTH 2019 and  we couldn’t be mre excited to share it with you! Â

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Global Young People’s Convocation Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nominations for the 2018 Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC) in July of 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa are now being accepted.  GYPC is the global event of United Methodist young people. It is held once every four years for the purpose of:

  • Celebrating the mission and vitality of young people in the United Methodist Church
  • Raising the joys and concerns of young people from the global community
  • Developing young people as leaders for effective ministry in local churches and communities of faith
  • Highlighting emerging trends in youth and young adult ministry
  • Providing a common forum that embraces the global reality of the church.

​The GYPC also has a Legislative Forum, which is the venue for proposing and discussing legislation related to issues of concern to young people. The 2016 General Conference of the UMC approved a proposal to change the legislation part of the GYPC


from a formal “assembly” to a “forum.”

If you know a young person age 12-30 that could be a great delegate for the Southeast Jurisdiction and the South Carolina Conference, please NOMINATE THAT YOUNG PERSON TODAY!  Nominations will only be accepted until August 15, 2017, so don’t delay.  For more information or to nominate a young person age 12-30, please click on the image below!


Youth Worship Arts Round Table

SCMYP strives to offer events that strengthen local churches for youth ministry and offer youth opportunities to be in ministry and leadership. In an effort to offer unique and creative opportunities that accomplish this goal, we are hosting a round table discussion to consider possibilities for how we could connect youth and youth ministries in our conference with worship arts.
The SC Annual Conference has historically found various avenues for youth to be connected and in ministry through the medium of the arts. NOW IS THE TIME to consider how we can build upon this rich heritage while thinking outside of the box for creative and unique methods to make an impact upon the lives of youth and the local churches of our annual conference.
This discussion of where and how youth ministry intersects with worship arts in the SC Annual Conference will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M at Platt Springs UMC (3215 Platt Springs Rd. W. Columbia, SC) If you would like to take part in this conversation, please email Chris Lynch at by May 16 to reserve your spot.

Youth Worker Training April 24th


The best youth ministries are unique, and a reflection of their context. But, as culture changes and youth workers experiment with new approaches and priorities, there’s a small patch of common ground. It’s not a common program, or teaching plan, but a set of values that seem to be shared by ministries that are finding their way in our current reality.

SCMYP is pleased to partner with Mark Oestreicher (Marko) to offer this wonderful training opportunity for youth workers on Monday, April 24th.  The training will take place on the campus of Spartanburg Methodist College in the Ballard Center (behind Judd Hall – click here for a campus map)from 10 AM-3 PM.  The cost is only $20 per person and that includes lunch. Registration is now open and the deadline to register is April 15th.  If you have any questions please email

Not MY Kingdom – Youth Worker Training

The Youth Worker Network and the District Connectional Ministries of the Columbia District invite all youth workers (full-time, part-time, volunteers) to be a part of the NOT MY KINGDOM Conference.  This youth worker training event will be held on Saturday, April 22nd from 9 am until 4 pm at Mt. Horeb UMC.  Registration is required and is $25 per person which includes worship, breakout sessions, lunch, and lots of FREEBIES.  For more information about the event (speakers, schedule, etc) or to register, please visit 

Young Writers Sought

Young Writers Sought to Produce New Worship Resources for Black Congregations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Feb. 1, 2017 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Young African-American United Methodists are being sought to write liturgies, prayers and calls to worship for an updated Africana worship series that will focus on the emerging music and worship practices in black congregations from the voices of young people.

“We’re asking youth and young adults ages 16-35 of the African diaspora to submit examples of new liturgy for today and beyond that they have written,” said Cheryl LaTanya Walker, Director of Black Congregational Ministries at Discipleship Ministries, who is leading the project. “From those samples, we will choose 20 young people to participate in a Writing Immersion event in April.”

The new worship resources will update the original Africana Worship Series, a three-book worship guide that was developed in 2006-08 and is still being used by churches worldwide, Walker said.

The Rev. Dr. Safiyah Fousa, Assistant Professor of Christian Worship and Christian Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Wesley Seminary, will serve as the general editor for the new Discipleship Ministries resource.

Writing samples that are spiritually sound and Wesleyan-focused should be emailed to Fousa at before Feb 21.

Writers selected for the Writing Immersion will be notified by Walker on March 15 and invited to attend the intensive writing experience April 28-30 at the Discipleship Ministries office in Nashville.

In addition to the liturgies, prayers and calls to worship produced by the 20 selected writers, Walker said all of the writing examples submitted will also be included in the updated resource, which is known as Africana 2.

When completed, Africana 2 will be available digitally and will include not only the new liturgy, but also resources from the original Africana Worship Series, Walker said.

Africana 2 will also supplement the Africana Hymnal Project, a resource that was approved by the 2012 General Conference to serve as a bridge between traditional and emerging music and worship practices in black United Methodist congregations. The project was a multiyear effort to provide music and worship resources from African-American traditions and to identify and preserve the rich history of music forms born out of slavery.

The Africana Hymnal Project includes a USB flash drive with 150 songs organized around the seasons of the year, the sacramental life of the congregation and the special days of the black church; a DVD of the documentary film, Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music, which traces the music’s history and invites viewers to see and experience the ways it is being kept alive, and a 48-page study guide for the DVD.

The projected release date for Africana 2 will be in spring of 2018. For more information, contact Walker by email at or by phone at 615 340 7167.

The mission of Discipleship Ministries is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit, the Press Center at or call the Communications Office at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 1726

Youth Day @ The Summitt on The Black Church

For the first time ever, The Summit on the Black Church is creating a space specifically for youth as a part of their Bi-Annual event.  The Summit on the Black Church “Summit Youth Saturday” is scheduled for Saturday, October  15th  from 9 AM until 1 PM at the Double Tree Hotel in Columbia.  The day includes a concert by “Lil Zing”, a workshop challenge from Dr. Velma Love about the role of health in your faith journey, worship with our very own Bishop Jonathan Holston, and an hour with comedian Mike Goodwin.  In addition, youth participants will have a chance to make a difference by bringing a pair of NEW SHOES (still in the box) to be donated to Inner Sole.  Inner Sole (co-founded by Dawn Staley, head coach of the USC womens’ basketball team) collects new sneakers and gives them to children who are homeless and in need.  In order to participate in the event, all you need to do is have your youth group leader click on the registration link below and show up at 9 AM at the Double Tree with a new pair of tennis shoes.  Its a small price to pay and a GREAT way to serve others.  Don’t miss this incredible day.


REGISTRATION LINK (for youth group leaders)