Mennonite Church USA youth ministry leaders are planning a gathering for youth ministry workers across the church. Youth pastors, youth sponsors and other Mennonites connected to youth ministry are invited to the gathering in Kansas City, Mo., May 12–15, 2014.

Meeting at the site of the 2015 convention of Mennonite Church USA will give participants a chance to see the convention site and have input into the convention planning process.

“We are always looking at ways to improve the convention, and this meeting will be a great time to hear from youth workers and test a few ideas with them,” says Glen Guyton, director of Finance and Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA.

Participants will also be introduced to new resources and hear input from youth ministry experts.

“We are still in the early planning stage,” says Jon Heinly, chair of the Youth Ministry Leadership Team for Mennonite Church USA, “but we envision this to be a rich time of networking youth pastors, conference youth ministers and agency staff as well as providing some worthwhile input for youth ministry practitioners.”

Heinly encourages youth workers to mark their calendars for the May 12–15 gathering and to watch for more information in the coming months.