Young Adult Ministries     

Young Adult Ministries creates ways within our conference to connect, equip and advocate for young adults in local churches and throughout the conference.  The Young Committee typically meets via video conference six times a year to pray and plan, offering our time, resources, and knowledge to provide networking and leadership opportunities. 

Throughout 2021, we’ve connected online for games, equipped local churches to launch ministries with young adults with a webinar,  practiced having difficult and disagreeing conversation.   Currently, we're launching our 3rd annual virtual leadership cohort to support young adult leaders in their ministry context. 

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

Want to connect with other young adults?  We host online game or movie nights every few months.  Join the Facebook group for notifications or sign up for the IGRC Events-Full email list. 

2021 Young Adult Leadership Initiative

IGRC Young Adult Ministries is accepting applications for their 3rd training initiative in the Fall of 2021.  Since 2019, six young adults have participated and three have co-led the cohorts.  It is aimed at encouraging and equipping young adults to be innovative Christian leaders in their local church contexts.

The Young Adult Leadership Training Initiative invites 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 logic model ministry plan in conversation with church leaders they work with.  

This is about a six-month commitment with 8 virtual meetings (every other week) which begins in September.

 Apply now through the extended deadline of August 30, 2021.

Young adults interested should complete the application and ensure that a pastor recommendation is submitted.  Young Adult leaders accepted will be notified early September and a virtual meeting will be set up for September/October.   There is typically a small 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.  


Grace Across Generations

Tuesday, September 14 from 9:30am-12:30 pm

Are you baffled by the generational categories you keep reading about? Are you categorized as a Millennial but don't want people to think you're one of "those entitled kids?" Do you fall in between generations, or find yourself not identifying with the labels others place on you? Good news - you're not alone!

Join us for a conversation around generational identity - separate myth from fact, find empowerment by embracing your generation, and better understand other generations from a perspective of grace rather than judgment. We'll also discuss ways to connect with others across generations and utilize each of our generational strengths to enhance the relationships and ministries within our congregation and community.

Led by Rev. Melissa Cooper who is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She currently serves as the Minister of Worship & Arts at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Orlando, FL. She also works as a coach and consultant to help individuals, congregations and denominational groups grown in their understanding and strategy around intergenerational ministry and culture. 

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"Launch New Ministries with Young Adults" webinar with Dr. Jennifer Moe

Recorded February 24, at 10 am on Zoom

Do you wonder how to connect with young adults? 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in partnership with Lilly Endowment Inc., is engaging in a bold initiative to help churches launch new ministries that will attract young adults. With financial support of 1.5 million dollars from Lilly Endowment, Garrett-Evangelical becomes one of 12 innovation hubs around the country participating in Lilly Endowment’s Young Adult Initiative that will help churches create innovative and meaningful ministries that appeal to millennials.

Dr. Jennifer Moe is the assistant director of the Young Adult Initiative at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary visit the page for more information and link to the Christian Curious podcast that interview additional YAI hubs. She will share about the process of Holy Yearnings, Holy Listening, and Holy Partnerships that is revitalizing ministry with young adults around the country. View the webinar below.  


Holy Listening from IGRC Communications on Vimeo.




"I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Still Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversation"

On December 14, young adults met with authors Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Silvers to discuss their book and dive into how to have hard conversations with grace.  This 30-minute conversation, led by Rev. Caleb McGregor, offers insight to how our culture is missing safe spaces to have moral conversation and encouragement in how we can continue to do this hard work.


I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Still Listening) 12.14.2020 from IGRC Communications on Vimeo.


Fall 2019 Young Adult Ministries Webinar
"Do you really want Young Adults?:

Equipping existing churches to reach young adults”

Please join us Thursday November 7, 1:30-2:30 pm for a webinar “Do you really want Young Adults? Equipping existing churches to reach young adults”  lead Rev. Sarah Wanck. 

Rev. Wanck is the associate pastor at Crossroads UMC.  In 2016, she launched 309 as a ministry of Crossroads.  The mission was to create a multigenerational family of believers relentlessly reaching people for Christ in the Washington-Peoria area.  They began with 50 and grew to 150 last Spring.  This summer, the worshipping communities of 309 and Crossroads UMC have merged.

View recording of the webinar...