Young Adult Ministries     

Conference young adult ministry initiates and supports plans, activities and projects that are of particular interest to young adults who are college students, working persons, single and married, between the ages of 18 and 30. The ministry serves as an advocacy group for issues of concern to young adults. It cooperates with the conference boards and agencies, including United Methodist-related campus ministries and chaplaincies to provide for the needs of young adults in The United Methodist Church.

Looking to get connected with a UM Campus Ministry in Illinois? Check out the Higher Education and Campus Ministry Page.

Ephesians 4 Leadership Initiative

IGRC Young Adult Ministries is forming a leadership training initiative aimed at encouraging and equipping young adults to be innovative Christian leaders in their local church contexts.

The Ephesians 4 Young Adult Leadership Training Initiative invites pastors to recommend young adult leaders from around the IGRC to commit to meeting together virtually, learning leadership skills through CliftonStrengths (formally Strength Finders), praying for one another, and developing a ministry plan in conversation with church leaders they work with.  6-12 young adults will be accepted for this first cohort.

This will be about a six-month commitment with four virtual meetings beginning in August.  

Young adults interested should complete the application and ensure that a pastor recommendation is submitted.  Young Adult leaders accepted into this first training group will be notified early August and a virtual meeting will be set up for August/September 2019.   There is a $50 registration fee due before the first meeting to cover the cost of materials.  It is suggested that the young adult’s church pay for all or part of this fee.  For questions, contact Bennett Woods, Chairperson,, or Amy Shreve, Conference Staff,

Applications and recommendations must be submitted by July 15.

Click here to complete the application

Pastors: click here to complete recommendation of young adult


Young Adult Annual Conference training webinar

IGRC Young Adult Ministries will host two informational webinars to explain and review Annual Conference procedures for lay members to annual conference.

Identical webinars will be held on Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m. and Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. The webinars are designed for one hour in length.

These one-hour informational webinars will explain and review Annual Conference procedures from how to request to speak, make a motion and propose an amendment as well as explain voting on General Conference delegates and review the pre-conference materials. 

There will be a time to ask questions and sign up for access to ask questions in real-time from your device.    The intention is to support and amplify the voice of young adults age 12-35 and not push any agenda.

For questions, contact Bennett Woods, Chairperson,, or Amy Shreve, Conference Staff,

Register online for the webinar