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Can youth be members of the church council?

 

Yes. ¶ 244.3 of the 2016 Book of Discipline states, "It [church council] shall include youth and young adult members chosen according to the same standards as adults."

It shall include youth and young adult members chosen according to the same standards as adults.

According to ¶ 256.3, the term young people is inclusive of all persons from approximately twelve through thirty years of age in the United States and thirty-five in the central conferences. The term encompasses both youth and young-adult ministries and allows for age flexibility given the different age definitions for young people in various cultures around the world. The term youth ministry is an inclusive title, encompassing all the concerns of the Church and all activities by, with, and for youth. The youth ministry of The United Methodist Church shall include all persons from approximately twelve through eighteen years of age in the United States and up to twenty-four in the central conferences, taking into account the grouping of youth in the public schools, who are currently or potentially associated with the church or any of its activities. Youth who are professing members of the church have all rights and responsibilities of church membership except voting on matters prohibited by state law.

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2016. Copyright © 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.