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Young Adult Ministry

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“If we are genuinely concerned about engaging young people, particularly those that are vulnerable or at risk, we must listen to them properly.”

-Libby Brooks


Ministry with young adults in the MI Conference includes a variety of short-term internships and post graduate fellowships, campus ministries, and resources for local churches who want to reach young adults. 
Make sure to check out the toolbox for all of the intern programs! 

Young Adult Resources

    • MI UMC Young Adult Ministry Facebook PageConnect with other Young Adults in the Michigan Conference of the UMC, view posts regarding all things young adults in the MI Conference.
    • Book of the Month: Native by Caitlin Curtis. Read here.

Local Church Resources 

  • Are you a congregation who would like to host a Young Adult Intern? Contact Lisa Batten.
  • Book: " Growing Young, Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church" Powell, Mulder, Griffin
  • Article: What young people want your church to know as you reopen. Read.

  • How Gen Z Will Shape the Church. Read.
  • Gen Z is keeping the Faith. Just don't expect . . .Read. 

Have a Young Adult Ministry Program or Event In Mind? 

Request funding for your idea with the Board of Young People’s Ministry. Find the request form here or email [email protected]

  • 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 or for your church to become a host site, contact Lisa Batten at [email protected]

Upcoming Events 




Important Dates

Last Updated on August 1, 2023

The Michigan Conference