Youth at Annual Conference
The Annual Conference session provides a number of ways for youth to connect to the life of the greater church. From supporting the meeting as a page, to being a voting member of the Annual Conference, youth are integral to our church's life together.
If you are currently in grade 9-12 you can apply to be a page. Pages are youth who are friendly, reliable, and love to serve others. Pages are a vital part of the Annual Conference sessions, helping to get information to members exactly when it’s needed. Pages will get to see how Annual Conference works, and worship, learn, and play with youth from all over Oregon and Idaho.
Rev. Dan Benson (pictured on the far right in the cowboy hat) is the Page Coordinator and Floor Manager at the Annual Conference session. He is known for his big heart and sense of humor. He enjoys teaching the Pages their duties and hangs out with them during the plenary (business) sessions. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Members to Annual Conference are high school-aged young people who are full voting members. They are valued for their fresh voices, perspectives, and creative suggestions. They are nominated by their pastors and chosen by their district leadership to serve on a year by year basis. Lodging and meal expenses at the Annual Conference are paid by the conference. Youth interested in serving in this leadership role should contact their pastor for more information.
Young Adult Members
Young adult equalization members (18-30 yrs old) are nominated to serve for a term of four years as a full voting member. If their circumstances change and they cannot complete the quadrennium, replacements are sought. Lodging and meal expenses at the Annual Conference session are reimbursed after the conference. For more information on serving as a Young Adult Member, contact your pastor or district office.
Pages and Youth Members must register online by May 29.
Plan to arrive on Wednesday, June 13 by 3:00 p.m. and depart June 16 at 11:30 a.m.
Lodging and Meals
Lodging for pages and youth members (under 18 yrs) who travel from out of town, is offered at The Riverside Hotel in Boise in shared same-sex rooms with individual beds. The Youth Coordinators act as chaperones and stay in a separate room near the youth rooms. Safe sanctuary rules are followed. A covenant agreement is provided for the youth to sign before they arrive. The Youth Coordinators help make the room assignments. The Youth Members and Pages often enjoy meals and snacks together and are encouraged to attend their District meal at The Riverside Hotel. See the Conference Schedule and registration form for more details.
Introducing our 2018 Youth Coordinators
Anna Eckelbarger Salas
Lead Youth Coordinator Anna is an avid reader, movie enthusiast and intense board game player who finds great joy in releasing her inner-nerd. She loves spending her time with young people at Annual Conference learning more about the church, playing and bonding with one another. She can't wait to see old friends and meet new ones at AC 2018!
Jessie is currently completing her seminary degree. She will be commissioned at the Commissioning Worship service on Thursday evening during the conference. She served as the lead youth coordinator at the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference in 2015, and is excited to be back to meet all the youth this year!