Conferences invited to send 2 young clergy to Capitol Hill leadership development event

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) will conduct its Young Clergy Leadership Forum here Feb. 4-6.

Since 2004 more than 450 young clergy have participated in these leadership-preparation events held at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill.

For 2013, an additional two-day event, Feb. 7-8, will focus on advocacy, giving participants a chance to engage in public policy at the federal level.

For each segment of the leadership forum, the familiarization and the advocacy training, GBCS will host a maximum of 50 attendees.

2 per conference

Each annual conference is encouraged to send two young clergy: Elders or Deacons, provisional or ordained. Attendees must be age 35 or younger. GBCS hopes to achieve inclusivity goals by gender, race and ethnicity, as well.

Preference for selection goes to provisional or ordained clergy serving in full-time appointments.

The recommendation to attend usually comes through the Conference Office of Connectional Ministries, but could also come from other sources, such as the Conference Committee on Church & Society, according to the Rev. Julie Wilson, Conference Relations organizer for GBCS’s Education & Leadership Formation.

Leadership Forum

The 2013 Young Clergy Leadership Forum Feb. 4-6, Monday to Wednesday, will provide:

  • Conversation with the GBCS chief executive and advocacy staff members;
  • Introduction to GBCS resources that support nurture, outreach and witness in the local church and annual conference;
  • Creative, participatory ways to teach the Social Principles in local churches; and
  • An overview of legislative priorities and key advocacy networks.

The advocacy training Thursday to Friday, Feb. 7-8, will provide:

  • Training on how to engage in faithful advocacy;
  • Education about key legislative issues being debated on Capitol Hill and their impact in the United States and beyond; and
  • Opportunities to meet with congressional leaders and practice advocacy skills.

Continuing Education Credits of 1.5 to 3 will be awarded for this training, depending on how much of the event a participant attends.


Application deadline is Dec. 14. Space is limited.

Registration fees are as follows:

  • For the familiarization event only (Feb. 4-6, arriving Feb. 3): $200.
  • Additional fee for those who wish to stay for advocacy training (Feb. 6-8): $125.

Registration fee includes cost of housing, meals and metro transportation during the training. Conferences, local churches, or participants will be responsible for cost of travel to and from Washington, D.C., as well as incidentals beyond the hours of the event.

You can download the registration form from GBCS’s website at Young Clergy Leadership Forum.

If participants elect to bring their spouse/family or prefer a private room, there will be an additional charge of $200-$300, depending on how long they stay — unless both spouses are clergy participating in the forum.

For more information, contact the Rev. Julie Wilson, Conference Relations organizer, Education & Leadership Formation, (202) 488-5650, or the Rev. Neal Christie, assistant general secretary for Education & Leadership Formation, (202) 488-5611.