Bi-District Youth

Youth Ministry Cohorts

The Bi-District office is committed to helping youth leaders in Arlington and Alexandria (both paid and volunteer) grow in their ministry. One way we help equip youth leaders is to help facilitate the formation of Youth Ministry Cohorts. These cohorts, started as a pilot program in 2017, offer youth leaders connection with leaders from nearby churches in several different geographic locations across our Districts. 

There are currently 5 NoVA UMC Youth Ministry Cohorts.

Region95/395 CohortWestern AreasSterling-esqueFalls ChurchOG Cohort in Alexandria
FacilitatorPeter KwonAgustus GustoPam BentleyKathy HarringtonKim Johnson
Anne Sawin

To join a Youth Ministry Cohort, send an email to and we can help you get connected with other United Methodist Youth Leaders in your area!

Youth Information Email List

Sign up to learn more about youth ministry in the Bi-District. We will send email about youth events and youth leader trainings.

Youth Ministry Resource Sharing Area

We have created a sharing area for NoVaUMC youth leaders. This is a place where you can upload/download ideas, links, and more to help your ministry.
This area is password protected. If you are interested in the password, you can email

Training for Youth Leaders

Each year at our Alexandria and Arlington Bi-District Training Day there is a “youth ministry track” offering classes and community building/networking for youth leaders. 

Bi-District Training Day is January 16, 2021 online.
Learn more about BDTD here.

We hope to offer an online youth ministry training event in February.


Below are generic forms that you may find useful. Feel free to download and customize as you see fit.

Youth Leader Information

Some things youth leaders need to know…

Any member of a participating youth group may have an image used in future publications, multimedia presentations, on the Alexandria/Arlington Bi-District or Virginia Annual Conference website,  including social networking sites. Use of these images would be for the express purpose of communicating and sharing information about the Bi-District Youth.

Each group is responsible for their own participants permission slips, medical forms and emergency contacts for participants.