WNCC represents in Young Clergy Grants
- Experience United Methodist Seminaries, Brad Farrington, ASU Wesley Foundation
- Explore Summer Ministry Internship, Rev. Annalee Allen, Western North Carolina Conference
- Discerning, Designing, and Deploying 21st Century Collegiate Ministry Values and Practices, Rimes McElveen, Mere Christianity Forum at Furman Univeristy
- Discernment Circles, Kathryn A. McElveen, Leadership Coach in South Carolina
- The College and Church Internship Program, Robert Brewer, Greensboro College
"The YCI grant for the Appalachian Wesley Foundation is for us to take groups of college students from our campus ministry who are discerning a call to ministry and have them do campus tours at seminaries. Primarily, we are doing two tours a year, one each semester, at the four UMC / Wesleyan seminaries that are within driving distance: Duke, Candler, Wesley, and Asbury. Our hope is to help college students clarify their call to ministry and help them have a smooth transition from college to seminary if they feel God calling them that direction." -Brad Farrington
"The YCI grant awarded to the Office Ministerial Services of the WNCC of the UMC will support our Explore Summer Internship, which exists to help young adults (18-25 years old) discern their call to vocational ministry. The internship provides an environment for exploring their gifts and giving the intern opportunities to explore particular aspects of ministry and/or program development in a safe and encouraging environment. Interns are matched for 10 weeks with ordained clergy mentors who offer opportunities for interns to experience the full breadth of pastoral ministry; to dream, vision, and implement -- to learn by doing as well as by observing and discussing and reflecting on theological foundations." -Annalee Allen
"Discernment Circles will support and equip young adults, college-aged through mid-20s, to discern callings from God alongside peers and mentors who can affirm and encourage them to courageously pursue those callings. Using the Circle of Trust® approach developed by the Center for Courage & Renewal, we will create, pilot and refine a curriculum for campus minsters and congregational leaders who work with young adults to provide a container for discernment while also teaching essential spiritual and community formation processes that support a life of discipleship. We will also increase the capacity of campus ministers and congregational leaders who work with young adults to nurture cultures of call in their ministry organizations." -Kathryn McElveen
"The YCI grant awarded to Mere Christianity Forum at Furman University was provided to support a multi-year process to “Discern, Design, Develop, and Deploy 21st Century Collegiate Ministry Values and Practices.” There will be particular attention given to encouraging collegiate ministries in their commitment to fostering young adult vocational exploration and nurturing a sense of calling to ministry." -Rimes McElveen
"The Greensboro College "Church and College Internship program" will provide students the opportunity to experience working in a vibrant and trusted ministry setting in Greensboro. Students will work at least two hours a week in a church ministry, meet monthly with the college chaplain, and attend a vocational discernment retreat each year. Through this program, students will reflect upon their call to ministry as a lay leader, elder, or deacon. Students can participate for up to two years and receive a stipend and assistance in attending a vocational conference." -Robert BrewerFor the 2017-2020 quadrennium, grant applications are accepted annually from January to March. Awards are distributed in June, and each recipient will submit three progress reports per year throughout the duration of their project (August, December and April). Both long- and short-range projects are required to submit three reports per year. GBHEM is working to track and collect analytics on all grants awarded. It takes at least seven years for a young person to go through the process to become ordained clergy, which means analytics for these types of grants can only be collected over the course of many years. The first YCI awards were granted in 2014. To learn more about YCI, visit ExploreCalling.org/YCI. More information about GBHEM can be found at GBHEM.org. For the 2017-2020 quadrennium, grant applications are accepted annually from January to March. Awards are distributed in June, and each recipient will submit three progress reports per year throughout the duration of their project (August, December and April). Both long- and short-range projects are required to submit three reports per year. GBHEM is working to track and collect analytics on all grants awarded. It takes at least seven years for a young person to go through the process to become ordained clergy, which means analytics for these types of grants can only be collected over the course of many years. The first YCI awards were granted in 2014. To learn more about YCI, visit ExploreCalling.org/YCI. More information about GBHEM can be found at GBHEM.org.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.