Young Adults- Explore Your Calling- November 6-8


ExplorationSquare-300x300Registration for three-day, interactive event featuring speakers, music and fellowship continues through September 30. Choosing a career path is a difficult decision. That decision can be even more stressful early in life, especially when ordained ministry is a consideration. While occupational education and career fair options abound for traditional and “hot” jobs, offerings for those considering ordained ministry are not as abundant. Enter Exploration. Exploration is a three-day event for young adults age 18-26 who sense they might be called to ordained ministry, wonder what ministry in the church is all about, or would like help sifting through the process and steps involved in an ordained vocation. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about The United Methodist seminaries and theological schools and explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. Exploration is a program of The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church. “Exploration is for those who think God may be calling them to ordained or licensed ministry and wondering what that type of ministry looks like in the UMC,” says the Rev. Trip Lowery, Director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment at GBHEM. “This is an opportunity to discern with others who are in similar seasons of life with similar questions, and learn from the experiences of leaders who have already answered that call. Exploration is about helping you to make an informed and prayerful decision about pursuing—or not pursuing—a path in ordained or licensed ministry.” Exploration creates a sacred space for young adults to participate in meaningful fellowship, passionate worship, theological reflection, and practical workshops as they discern whether God’s call in their life is to ordained ministry for The United Methodist Church and what faithful steps they can take in response. The event will be held in Orlando, Florida, on November 6-8. Registration for young adults is $225 and is scheduled to close on September 30. For the complete Exploration event schedule and registration details, visit Follow Exploration on Twitter at @explorecalling.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


  • Resources
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