The Youth Commission
A welcoming place
The church is a place where young people can experience welcome, sense belonging, and find moral and peer support; all just as they are seeking to discover who they are and to find their place in the world. It is the job of the church to help equip them on this journey -- to help them to share the love of Christ creatively, sensitively, and powerfully, as they come to experience God’s presence in their own lives.
The members of the Youth Commission are passionate in their desire to reach young people across Europe. The Commission focuses on variety of events and resources designed to inspire, engage and equip young people to know Jesus Christ and to grow as His disciples.
Embracing a program for lifelong Christian formation
For many years now – first through the leadership of the Commission on the Ministry of the Baptized, and now under the Youth Commission, the Convocation has been working to develop Convocation-wide formation opportunities for young people, such as the annual ‘Youth Across Europe’ weekend.
Recently, the Convocation embraced the implementation of The Episcopal Church’s Charter for Lifelong Formation. To that end, the Youth Commission is in the process of expanding youth ministries to include a wider age group. At the same time, they are creating networks of support for teachers and leaders. Newer Commission program offerings include: the ‘Youth Leaders Retreat, the Juniors Across Europe retreat, and Happening events.
In an effort to expand the Convocation's programmatic reach to include young adults, 20-29 years of age, the ever-ambitious Commission has added yet a fourth 'pilot project' to its strategic planning agenda, the 20s' Retreat.