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Special to the Advocate

Efforts to fill a conference staff position relating to youth ministries are back on track after being delayed by Hurricane Katrina.

John Moore, director of Connectional Ministries, met with the Conference Council on Youth Ministries the weekend of Jan. 6-7 at Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman. He said that the application process was reopened Jan. 10 and that applications will be accepted through Feb. 25.

Moore said he plans to follow a three-step process:

  • Members of the Conference Youth Council Executive Committee will be invited to recommend three candidates from the applications received
  • A task group from the conference Personnel Committee will assist in the interview process of the three candidates and make a recommendation
  • Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and will consult on the person to be named.

In other CCYM news, the organization voted to endorse the requirement that all persons participating in conference events to submit a health form along with a deposit when pre-registering for the event.

Participants at conference events have always been required to submit a health form when registering for an event. In the last few years, the rule has not been enforced closely. Moore recounted how often youth or local church youth directors fail to send in or bring the health form to events. He noted that each failure puts the camp, the conference and that youth’s local church in jeopardy were the youth to have an accident or become ill during the event.

The health form, which is available on the conference website, must be signed by a parent or guardian. Form may also be obtained by sending an email to Also, all participants in conference events must pre-register.

2006 Conference Youth Events

Jan. 27-29 – Senior High Spiritual Life Retreat, Camp Wesley Pines, Gallman

• Feb.10-12 – Junior High Spiritual Life Retreat, Camp Wesley Pines

• June 12 – Youth Emphasis Day at Annual Conference

    Youth Banquet, Madison UMC

• June 22-24 – UMY Leadership Conference, Millsaps College

• July 12-14 – CCYM Summer Meeting

• July 14-16 – CONVO – in Mission, Mississippi Gulf Coast

• Aug. 5 – Youth Day at the Falls, TBA

• Sept. 16-17 – Dare-2-Lead, Camp Lake Stephens, Oxford

• Nov. 4-5 – Jubilee in Exile, Wood Institute, Mathiston

• Dec. 30 – Jan. 1 - Overflow, Camp Lake Stephens

(Detailed info available soon)