Recruitment and election process
Who can stand for election?
The Youth President role is for a young person aged 18-23 years and is a paid full-time post within the Methodist Church Connexional* Team. Those elected as Youth President must be members of the Methodist Church.
*The Connexion is how we talk about the Methodist Church across Britain.
What is the process for recruitment and election of the Youth President?
Stage 1: The role is advertised
The opportunity is advertised in the Summer of the year before the post is taken up, (the post runs for one year, starting in August the following year). The closing date for applications is usually in late Summer/early Autumn.
Stage 2: Interview
Applicants are invited to an interview in September/October. This is the first stage of a selection process. Following this, three candidates will be put forward for election.
Stage 3: Preparing for the election process
The three candidates going forward for election are asked to record videos and write a short paragraph of information about themselves. These are then made available on the 3Generate App and website for children and young people across the Connexion to read or watch. The information is also cascaded widely across Methodist social media channels. This is to ensure that children and young people who are registered to vote are informed and prepared when discerning which candidate to vote for.
Stage 4: Voting
Voting takes place on the 3Gen App or website during November - December. Children and young people aged 8-23, who are connected with a Methodist Church, will be allowed to vote if they have been registered by a Group Leader or other adult in their church. The successful candidate will be informed within five days after the votes have been collated.
Stage 5: Announcement
The candidate with the most votes will be elected as the Methodist Youth President, to start the following August. The successful candidate will be announced in January of that same year.