UNITE Youth Event
UNITE Youth Event
Make plans to join Missouri Conference NextGen Ministries for UNITE, a summer youth conference hosted at Central Methodist University on July 17-21. Together we’ll INSPIRE students to unite through worship and mission, CREATE opportunities for students to use their voices, ENCOURAGE students to be Kin(g)dom workers in their local communities, and EQUIP a generation of young people to share the love of Jesus for the transformation of the world. Sports tournaments, service opportunities, eSports, swimming, workshops, worship and learning round out the full schedule planned for this United Methodist youth experience.
Things you can expect at UNITE:
- Powerful Speakers
- High-energy Worship
- Small Group Time
- Sports Tournaments
- Silent Disco
- Talent Show
- Swimming Pool
- College Campus Setting
March 2 - May 1, 2023: $165
May 2 - July 17, 2023: $200
Click here to download the latest draft daily schedule of the event.
The Missouri Conference’s UNITE event will be held the week of July 17 at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. It is geared towards incoming 6th graders to graduating seniors. With that said, the way the schedule is broken down for the event is specifically tailored to have two different tracks for junior-high and senior-high students while also still staying together for times of worship.
How can I sign my students up?
Access it here. You’ll see a registration form where you can select how many spots you would like to reserve for your church. This is a bulk-buy registration that you can edit later on in the process. At a later date, a form for student-specific information will be distributed and must be completed by a parent or guardian.
How do I promote UNITE at my church?
Click here to download one. If you open it in Adobe Acrobat, you can add your youth-group-specific information at the bottom. We will distribute more promotional materials as they become available.
How should I prepare for the event?
Pray and keep praying for a great event. Logistically, the best way to prepare for the event is to make sure that you get the required medical release forms and other documentation (Safe Gatherings, media release, etc.) needed for your students and leaders so in-person registration and check-in goes smoothly. Keep an eye on your email as the we share unique aspects of this year’s event and special materials to bring. Finally, it is always a good idea to meet with the adult leaders who will join you on the trip to make sure everyone is on the same page.
What should I expect at UNITE?
Expect an amazing and powerful week that will be tiring but beyond rewarding. We will be offering great speakers, high energy worship, breakout classes, eSports tournaments, sports tournaments, swimming pool and much more.
How is it different from other youth conferences?
UNITE is a conference in scale that the Missouri Conference has yet to see. It is intentional about creating a space for our students to be grow spiritually, be inspired and encourages, and creates opportunities to unite with other student voices across the state.
How will this benefit my church?
One of UNITE’s biggest focuses is to challenge students to use their gifts, talents and passions for the local church. After the event, it is normal to see students seeking to get connected with ministries within the church and even create new ones. The energy that these students come back with will reenergize the church as a whole.
What about cost?
Normally, an event like this would cost over $350. Since NextGen Ministries believes so strongly in what UNITE can accomplish for the students in the Missouri Conference, we are offering a significant discount through early bird specials to create a wider reach. If you register prior to March 1, the price will be $125. March 2nd to May 1st is $165. After May 2nd the cost will be $200, which is still a significant discount. Don’t forget to plan for the cost of getting to and from the conference along with any extra money for merch and offsite lunch on the Thursday of conference.
What’s the 2023 theme of the event?
The theme this year is called A Beautiful Rebellion: The Kin(g)dom of Grace. Each day the focus will be on how God invites us to join in Kin(g)dom work within our homes, churches, communities, schools, and world by reflecting the love and grace of Jesus.
Where does UNITE find its presenters?
UNITE has recruited a diverse and extremely skilled group of people both locally and nationally who know how to resonate with a student audience. Many of these people have had experience in student ministries or just have a passion for young people to know and understand the Good News of Jesus.
How is this different from other things the Missouri Conference has done in the past?
In terms of event style, the closest thing that UNITE can be compared is WOW. However, the difference is that UNITE continues to be a partnership between Conference NextGen Ministries and local church leaders. With this partnership, NextGen Ministries is focusing on getting students there and encouraging our youth ministry leaders to have a powerful week with their students.
How many leaders do I need to bring with me? What will they be doing/asked to do?
Conference Safe Gathering guidelines require one adult for every eight students. Your leader’s focus is to build relationship with your students and to help lead a small discussion IF it is needed. Considering that the small group discussion tends to be student-led via an online resource, an adult facilitator for conversation isn’t always required. Other than that, have fun! Be present with them in worship sessions and experience God together.
How older do my leaders need to be?
In accordance with Conference Safe Gatherings policy, persons supervising minors shall be at least four years older than the oldest participant.
What if we have a mission trip planned or mission trips are a big part of our youth group culture?
GREAT! We love that! UNITE is not meant to compete against mission trips but rather just be another experience where you students can see God at work in their life. UNITE is also planning for service opportunities in the surrounding community, if your church is seeking a service element to the trip. There are plenty of churches that offer both a mission trip and a conference in the same summer, trade off experiences every other year, offer mission trips during spring break instead, etc. The choice is yours as a church, and we encourage you to look at both if your schedule allows because of the unique opportunity each experience could provide.
Who do I contact for more information?
Contact Missouri Conference Youth Specialist Rev. Angel Garcia at email@example.com.