Discipline ¶531

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  ¶  531. Jurisdictional Youth Ministry Organization Convocation-There shall be a jurisdictional youth ministry organization convocation to be held at least once every other year in each jurisdiction not in the same year as the Global Young People’s Convocation). Among the membership of the convocation  there shall be four voting representatives from each conference: the conference coordinator of youth ministries or designate; the conference council on youth ministry chairperson or designate; two youth at large, to be elected as shall be determined by the conference council on youth ministry. It is recommended that at least two members from each annual conference be racial and ethnic persons. Each youth shall be a baptized or professing member of The United Methodist Church. Other persons may be added by jurisdictions according to their respective operational guidelines, provided that the above categories are cared for and the recommended fifty-fifty representation of racial and ethnic persons is observed. The expenses of the jurisdictional youth ministry organization convocation shall be borne by the participating annual conferences or the jurisdiction.
There shall be a jurisdictional youth coordinator who shall be accountable to the jurisdictional council on ministries or equivalent structure and the jurisdictional youth ministry organization. This coordinator may or may not be the same person as the adult representative to the Division on Ministries With Young People of the General Board of Discipleship. This decision is to be determined by the representatives of the jurisdictional youth ministry organization convocation, or the jurisdictional youth ministry organization.
A responsibility of the jurisdictional youth ministry organization convocation shall be to elect two youth members to the Division on Ministries With Young People of the General Board of Discipleship for four-year terms. At least one of the youth shall be a racial and ethnic youth. At least one youth elected to membership of the Division on Ministries With Young People shall be age fifteen or younger. Nominations shall come from annual conference councils on youth ministry or equivalent structure.
The nominating process followed by the conference councils on youth ministry shall include the solicitation of nominations from local churches, subdistricts, and districts. As far as possible, members of the Division on Ministries With Young People from each jurisdiction shall be from two different annual conferences in that jurisdiction.
In the year prior to the Global Young People’s Convocation, the jursidictional Youth Ministry convocation shall also elect five youth and one adult as voting delegates to the Global Young People’s Convocation.  
In addition to enabling the election of its two division members and the election of the delegates to the Global Young People’s Convocation, the following are suggested responsibilities for the jurisdictional youth ministry organization:
1. To initiate and support jurisdictional events (camps, conferences, workshops, and so forth).
2. To recommend priorities, concerns, and/or policies to the Division on Ministries With Young People.
3. To promote the establishment and awareness of the needs, concerns, issues, and so forth,of racial and ethnic persons through caucuses, camps, consultations, and so forth.
4. To promote the spiritual growth of participants in the jurisdictional youth ministry organization convocation.
5. To promote an evangelistic outreach to and through youth.
6. To provide training and supportive experiences for conference youth personnel.
7. To enable communication between general and conference levels of youth ministry.
8. An additional responsibility of the jurisdictional youth ministry organization convocation will be to elect a steering committee or executive body to carry out the functions and suggested responsibilities of the convocation during the interval between convocations. The convocation shall determine the representation of such body, the manner of election, any funding thereof, and the relationship of the body to the annual conferences and to the jurisdictional council on ministries or equivalent.