Young Adult Cohort

The first ever LEAD Young Adult Cohort included 10 young adults ages 21-30 and 3 mentors who attended the LEAD Conference in San Diego, California from January 23 – January 27. Registration for the conference, hotel accommodations, and airfare or commuting costs were covered by LEAD and sponsors. Each participant was asked to pay a reduced participation fee. We encouraged participants to reach out to their local churches, districts, and conferences for help in covering the participation fee and any other related expenses such as luggage fees, meals, and airport transportation.

This young adult cohort participates fully in the LEAD conference and has opportunities to interact with each other and mentors before, during, and after the event. The meetings before the LEAD conference take place via Zoom. The cohort remains in the host city for an extra day after the conference ends for time of debrief, additional leadership support, and recreation as a way to build relationships formed at the conference. They return home the next day and have a debrief Zoom call 30 days after the conference.

From that point, the mentors and participants decide for themselves whether the cohort continues to meet periodically in an organized manner, or if the cohort has completed their work together and wish to move on to whatever is next.

The alumni of the LEAD Young Adult Cohort have an opportunity to return the following year to serve as peer mentors, help with organizing the conference, or give a LEAD talk. The hope is that this cohort will continue in perpetuity in order to continue to empower young leaders to empower other young leaders.

We are looking for the next generation of leaders committed to faith and action. Here’s our description of the ideal candidates:

  • The religious dreamers, misfits, and wanders who yearn to experience a change of place and pace together in order to form relationships and community that extends beyond the LEAD conference.
  • Sees a vision for the world and the Church that others cannot fully see or embrace. Desires a safer space to explore and bring those dreams to reality.
  • Values peer and mentor relationships as a way to gain skills and knowledge necessary to bring about change through community, participation, and connectedness.

We believe by living out our core values of “Courageous, Collaborative, Vulnerable, Relational, and Hopeful” the next generation will finally experience meaningful community, participation, and connectedness in the United Methodist Church.

Applications for and information about the 2023 LEAD Young Adult Cohort will be released late spring.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected] or fill out the form below.

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