Young People's Ministries, a component of Discipleship Ministries, has released a training manual on youth and young adult work in Africa. The training manual, entitled "Empowering Youth for Effective Leadership: A Youth Leadership Manual for Use in the United Methodist Church in Africa," was developed in coordination with the International Ministries Committee of the General Board of Global Ministries and youth and young adult leaders in The United Methodist Church from across Africa. The manual is available in English, French, and Portuguese.
While few readers of this blog are likely to be conducting youth and young adult ministry in Africa, the manual is still worth a perusal. At a time when American and African United Methodists are struggling to understand one another, the manual provides a glimpse for American readers into the world of concerns that African youth and young adults bring to the church.