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This playlist consists of songs that have been posted in the MIUMC Young Adult Ministry Facebook Page. It's music that will feed your soul and fuel your week. Email song requests to: Yainitiativesplaylist@yahoo.com
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YOUNG ADULT RESOURCES
- Noname Bookclub- "An online/irl community dedicated to uplifting POC voices. We do this by highlighting two books each month written by authors of color"
- MI UMC Young Adult Ministry Facebook Page, Connect with other Young Adults in the Michigan Conference of the UMC, view posts regarding internships/job opportunities, have access to the articles posted weekly to the page.
- Let Your Life Speak, Parker Palmer
- In the Shelter: Finding Home In The World by Padraig O'Tuama
- The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships, Krista TippeItt feat. Alain de Botton - On Being Podcast
- Not Dealing with Problems & Hard Emotions, Kalyn Nicholson - Kalyn's Coffee Talk Podcast
- Unlocking Us with Brene Brown - Introduction
- Code Switch from NPR. The fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. Listen Here.
- The Liturgists- A genre-bending, chart-topping exploration of the most interesting and pressing topics of our time through the lenses of art, science, and faith. Listen Here
- Homebrewed - The #1 Theology podcast on planet earth with Dr. Tripp Fuller. Listen Here.
- ContraPoints- "Natalie Wynn is a Trans YouTuber whose videos explore topics such as politics, gender, ethics, race, and philosophy on her YouTube channel ContraPoints." Watch her videos here.
- Uncomfortable Questions With A Black Man - "Emmanuel Acho provides a safe place for people to ask the questions they would never otherwise feel comfortable asking." Watch the series here.
LOCAL CHURCH RESOURCES
- Until Black Women Are Free, None of Us Will Be Free: This essay was written by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and explores the black feminist visionaries of the Combahee River Collective, as well as the revolutionary book: The Combahee River Collective Statement.
- Young Adult Ministry in the Church, Jason Hale - LifeWay
- What the Enneagram Can Teach Us About Beloved Community Read.
- Procrastination: An Emotional Struggle Read.
- Justice Too Long Delayed Read.
- 4 Spiritual Practices For The Journey Towards Anti-Racism Read.
- From the Ground Up: Beginning a Young Adult Ministry from Scratch, Dennis Franck - Relevant Magazine
- Young Adult Ministry: Let the Babysitting Cease, Gary E. Russell - Ministry Magazine
- Vocation, Frederick Buechner - frederickbuechner.com
- Peregrinatio, Pilgrimage Celtic Style, Catherine Hommes - Culture Honey
- How America Lost It's Religion - The Atlantic
- "Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church " - Bio logos
- Disability Visibility: First Person Stories From the 21st Century Alice Wong. Purchase here.
- Black Owned Bookstores- Looking for a way to get involved? Check out this list of Black and POC-owned bookstores across the country.
- You Lost Me: Reconnect Christianity with Teens and Young Adults, David Kinnaman and Barna Group - Watch a promo for the book here
- Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church, Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, Brad M. Griffin https://churchesgrowingyoung.com/
- Faith for Exiles by David Cinnamon and Mark Matlock
- Firsthand (and Firsthand Faith Leader's Guide) by Ryan and Josh Shook
- 20/30 Bible Study for Young Adults: Faith, and Grace From the 20/30 Young Adult Series by Clifton F. Guthrie
- Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World by James Emery White
- Churchless: Understanding Today's Unchurched and How to Connect with Them by James Barna
- Befriend: Create belonging in an Age of Judgement, Isolation, and Fear by Scott Sauls and Ann Voskamp
- Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin
101: So your church wants to start a young adult ministry?
The workshop includes resources for discernment on whether to begin a ministry with young adults, how to move forward, or creating a ministry team that will help create a culture, within the church, for young adult ministry.
202: Our church is ready for young adults, where are they?
The workshop provides resources to identify young adult groups within the community where your church resides, current trends, and getting outside of the church walls to reach young adults.
303: We are reaching young adults, now what?
Young adult ministry is "ministry with" not "ministry to". The workshop will provide resources that will help your church integrate young adults into the life of the church, how to navigate the tensions that will arise, and effective evaluation of ministry.
Looking to engage in Ministry?
- Motown Mission: Motown Mission is a city mission destination in Detroit, MI for Christian youth, college, and adult groups interested in economic disaster recovery work. Deeply rooted in Wesleyan values of grace, mission and service.
- Apply to be on summer staff here!
- EncounterMICall Internship Program: TThe EncounterMICall Internship Program is a collaboration of Wesley Campus Ministries, MI Area UMC, local churches, and non-profit organizations. The purpose of the program is to develop young adult, student leaders spiritually grounded in the Wesleyan tradition by providing a year-long internship at local churches and social service/non-profit agencies. The program will assist participants in encountering God’s call in their lives through one on one mentoring and group processing and strengthen their leadership skills through trainings and retreats. The program also provides opportunities to deepen Christian faith by developing spiritual practices.
- Apply to be an intern for a fall and spring semester here!
- Mission Intern Program: For young adults post high school. An 8-week summer program at United Methodist congregations and related non-profits across Michigan. The goal is to develop young adult leaders, through an on-boarding training and ongoing site supervision. The program also assists United Methodist congregations to be in ministry with their local communities, and answer the challenge of the Bishops’ Initiative on Children and Poverty. Interns at congregations will lead summer children’s programs or serve at Cass Community Social Services or God’s Country Cooperative Parish. At Cass Services in Detroit, interns will work with volunteer teams and organizing field trips for children living at Cass’s residences. At God’s Country Cooperative Parish in Newberry, interns coordinate volunteer teams providing home repair for local residents and lead a two-week swim class for area children.
- Apply to be a Mission Intern here!
- Ministry Exploration Internship: The Ministry Exploration Intern program enables congregations to identify a young adult in their congregation who displays gifts for the ministry of the elder. Ministry Interns serve 15-20 hours weekly in their home congregations, meeting with their pastor regularly, reading together, engaging in the ministry of elder, preaching a sermon, and participating in a week long mission, camp or social justice project. Ministry Interns are expected to participate in an orientation day and engage in self reflection. Ministry Exploration Interns receive a $2000 stipend.
- Global Mission Fellows: For adults ages 20-30: This program is a 2-year mission opportunity to serve internationally or in the US. Participants will engage with local communities while addressing the root causes of social injustices with other young people from around the world.
- For more information on how to become a GMF, click here!
- CDF-Freedom School: An intergenerational leadership model staffed primarily by college students and recent college graduates, with a 10:1 child to adult ratio. Rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project of 1964, the CDF Freedom Schools program is a six-week summer literacy and cultural enrichment program designed to serve children and youth in grades K–12 in communities where quality academic enrichment programming is limited, too expensive, or non-existent. The CDF Freedom Schools program enhances children’s motivation to read and makes them feel good about learning.
- To apply to be a Servant Leader Intern, contact Lisa Batten at email@example.com
The incubator program young entrepreneurs never knew they needed, until now! Ministry Incubators has made it their mission to help young adult develop their ministry ideas, taking their plans from a humble spark to a raging fire. They do this by building a strong support system around the young inovator.
In March 2020, the MI Conference launched twelve ministry incubator projects that include ideas for a retreat ministry, a black owned bookstore, a community garden, grief support for youth, and a community music festival. The MI Conference has chosen to invest in these young adults who are excited to engage in missional ministry!
During the "Hatching" process, the twelve young adults will have a chance to identify their needs, spread the word about their projects, attract supporters, and followthrough on their action steps.
Cohort meetings are regular check-ins with representatives from Ministry Incubators, and peer entrepreneurs. These meetings are a chance for the entrepreneurs to ask questions, share insights, or vent their frustrations.
Ministry Incubators believes in uplifting young people with great ministry ideas. By empowering them, they take part in making the world a better place.
Learn more on the Ministry Incubators website.