Forum to focus on young clergy


The General Board of Church and Society is partnering with a number of Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist agencies and leaders to host a Young Clergy Forum in conjunction with this year’s Lake Junaluska Peace Conference.

GBCS will provide scholarships for up to five young clergy from each SEJ conference to attend the Young Clergy GBCS Gathering on Jan. 30-31 at Lake Junaluska and then stay for the SEJ Peace Conference Jan. 31-Feb 2. (Young clergy are defined as “United Methodist elders or deacons age 40 and younger.”)

Upon checkout General Board of Church and Society will pay $150 toward the Lake Junaluska expenses of each Young Clergy participant in the full program Jan. 30-Feb 2. Registration for the Young Clergy Forum will be limited to 50 young clergy from across the SEJ.

This will provide clergy an opportunity to meet GBCS staff and learn about its ministry of advocacy, network with other young clergy across the jurisdiction, talk about the issue of peace building and the call of the church to respond with faithfulness in a violent world.

Speakers for the Peace Conference include: Peter Storey, Jim Winkler, Jan Love, Richard Hays and Celeste Zapalla.

Young clergy may register at SEJ Young Clergy or

Register for a room at Lake Junaluska lodging reservations at  800-222-4930.

The registration fee is $50 per young clergy. One continuing education credit will be awarded for full participants.

Questions? Contact the Rev. Clayton Childers at or 202-488-5642.