Inspired youth at Wisconsin Annual Conference 2014

More than three dozen youth, young adults and mentors gathered Friday evening for an ice cream social, where Conference Youth Council (CYC) President Summer Frosland talked about the value of the CYC. “The CYC is for youth and young adults to minister to and for each other. If we just sit around in the back corner, in ten years from now, we’re going to have no idea what’s going on. We need to be active and know what’s going on now.”

Frosland lifted up the success of Fall Convo last November, and said she hopes to improve on that success by making regional Convo events happen in the near future in order to increase attendance and relevancy. “You can bring convo to their front door but if you don’t have anything they want, they still won’t walk in,” she said. “We want to make the CYC be more diverse to include everyone.”

Frosland introduced Anna Hunter, who will take over as CYC president when Frosland leaves for college, and introduced Sharon Cook, incoming Coordinator of Camping and Retreat Ministry. “I’m excited to see the leadership you already have in place,” Cook said. “I don’t want to tell you what to do; I want to hear what you have to say, and empower you to create a strong church for your future.”

Before ending the evening in a prayer circle, youth members talked about how they’re participating in their local churches, and mentors shared wisdom with the youth and young adults, especially those leaving for college soon. Advice shared included keeping in touch with youth pastors, and connecting with campus ministries. Health and Welfare Ministries chair John Lawson suggested looking into lay servant training, and Cook urged college-bound young adults to keep an open mind and be patient in their search for a new church. “You’re not going to find your home church, and you might hold that against every church until you realize you’re never going to find what you had,” she said. “Let the churches you visit speak on their own merits; some won’t be right for you, and that’s okay. Keep looking because every place has a different flavor. You will find the right place.”