REVGO Launch Powers United Methodist Young Adult Movement
A collaboration among United Methodist agencies and local ministries has produced a new website, revgo.org, to help power a church-wide movement of young adults in "spiritual discernment through missional engagement." United Methodist-connected ministries that engage young adults as interns, missionaries, staff and ministry leadership teams can use REVGO as a platform for fundraising, story-sharing, and recruitment.
REVGO designer Rev. Carl Gladstone is a United Methodist Deacon and Director of the Young Leaders Initiative in Detroit, MI. During Summer breaks in college Rev. Gladstone served in numerous internships across the UMC, including the inaugural year of Project Transformation as a GBGM Summer Intern. Now, leading YLI's intern programs, Rev. Gladstone recognizes the need to develop sustainable funding strategies that build on the gifts and talents of the digitally connected young adults serving in these programs.
On revgo.org these young adults can find a UM-connected ministry with which to serve, create a profile, share pictures and blog posts about their missional experiences, and invite their social networks to support them in this work. In a twist from other "crowdfunding" web sites, REVGO allows donors to pledge prayers, volunteer hours, and in-kind goods, as well as monetary gifts. All donations are made directly to the agency or ministries sponsoring these young adults in their missional engagement.
REVGO aims to become a central hub for all United Methodist young adults, powering their missional adventures. The site does so by providing discovery, engagement, and crowdfunding tools for these young people and the UM ministries enlisting them. These ministries could include annual conference-sponsored ministry internships, campus ministry student staffs, Summertime camp staffs, multi-year missionary work, local church-sponsored young adult missional communities and more.
This shared online tool will highlight the thousands of young adults, from hundreds of local churches, serving with dozens of ministry programs, making up this missional movement of young people enlivening the United Methodist Church.
Founding partners of REVGO include Young People's Ministries (GBOD), the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry: Campus Ministry Office, General Board of Global Ministries: Young Adult Programs, the Young Leaders Initiative, Project Transformation, and the Detroit Annual Conference Leadership Development Committee.
For more information about REVGO please visit www.revgo.org