Every four years, the Jurisdictional Conferences follow the General Conference to celebrate ministries in their respective regions, plan for future ministries, and to elect new bishops.
United Methodists from across the Northeastern Jurisdiction (NEJ) – the 10 conferences in the Northeast region of the U.S. – will gather for their next Conference on July 11-15 in Lancaster, PA.
New England clergy and lay delegates were elected at our 2015 Annual Conference. In addition, each Conference is invited to send two youth representatives to the NEJ Conference. Youth representatives have voice but no vote and sit with the delegation in the bar of conference. They may also shadow delegates at committee meetings. This is a great opportunity for young people to learn more about The United Methodist Church and especially to witness its history in the making. Youth representatives are also eligible to be nominated to serve on jurisdictional boards and committees.
The Conference will cover much of the costs (same amount as the delegates); all other expenses are the responsibility of the representative. We encourage local churches to offer financial support.
Eligible youth include professing (confirmed) members of The United Methodist Church, ages 12-18 currently in grades 7-11. Preference will be given to older youth. They will be responsible for arranging their own transportation. The two youth chosen as representatives will be encouraged to participate in meetings with the delegation throughout the year in preparation for the conference.
Click here for an application, due Dec. 31, 2015.