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Participants in the 2014 Global Young People's Convocation wait out Typhoon Rammasun during their gathering in the Philippines. Discipleship Ministries hosts the quadrennial event.

Young people’s event set for South Africa


March-April 2017


Plans are underway for the 2018 Global Young People's Convocation (GYPC), which brings together the voices and ideas of United Methodist young people from around the world every four years.

The GYPC will be July 18-22, 2018, at the Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, said the Rev. Michael Ratliff, associate general secretary at Discipleship Ministries and head of the Young People's Ministries (YPM) division.

"The Global Young People's Convocation gathers young people from across the United Methodist connection to worship, learn and provide leadership for the church," he said.

The Legislative Forum, approved at the 2016 General Conference, will feature new ways to develop legislative proposals for submission to the 2020 General Conference.

Mighty Rasing, Young People's Ministries program development director for the central conferences, said the division is working to ensure that the 400 delegates will represent all regions of the church.

The planning team of young people from different jurisdictions in the United States and central conferences will design an event that reflects the global experiences of young people.

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