The United Methodist Youth in the Philippines envisions to be relevant young people in being and making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world. To achieve this vision, regular seasons of equipping young leaders with the necessary skills are needed.
As the cold “Ber” months lurk, we know that the Christmas Institutes (CI) will soon be conducted in our districts and/or Annual Conferences (ACs). In this regard, to prepare those who will in turn equip CI leaders in the Districts and in the Annual Conferences, a National CI Leadership Training will be conducted on 22-24 September 2017 at Jesus Reigns United Methodist Church, Pila, Laguna.
The Institutes are the flagship programs of, by and for the youth for holistic development. And, for this biennium, the National United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines (NUMYFP) is the one in charge of offering possible and usable conceptual frame for the Institutes throughout the country and providing Bible Study Guide to that effect. This is ultimately aimed in creating, sustaining and ensuring a common ground of understanding among and between the members of the Fellowship throughout the nation.
For the Christmas Institute 2017, the NUMYFP seeks to frame and mould it as a ministry that supports the Nurture area of our Church ministries. Therefore, Christmas Institute 2017 seeks to advance the fact that every believer is endowed with spiritual gifts. In this end, the delegates will be equipped and edified to use their faith in the service of the Church and of the society. This is related to the objectives of Summer Institute 2017 themed “NetWork” that is affirming that every individual is essential in the Body of Christ. Further, this is to develop the UMYFers into mature Christians who are mobilized in ministry in such way that their unique gifts are maximized.
As approved in the 34th National Youth Conference, the theme for the Institute is “Am-Power!” This is a quasi-derivative of the word “empower.” The word, taken as a verb, means “to give official authority or legal power to act.” The word play transform “empower” to “Am-Power” because the Great “I AM” is the source of Power for us to be able to do ministries in His name. Thus, the theme seeks to convey that for us to be able to do something, we need to have or receive an official authority or legal power from someone more powerful than us- from Jesus of Nazareth, the King of kings and Lord of lords!