Exploration is a conference put on by the General Board of Higher Education every two years to help young adults discern their call into ordained ministry. This year, it is November 1-3 in Orlando, Florida. In the past, young adults have found it helpful in connecting with others in the denomination, understanding the difference between ordained elder and deacon, and meeting with representatives from seminaries. Students from our conference will join hundreds of other young adults for worship, prayer, and workshops to help them discern their call. The IGRC Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry offer grants to cover part of the cost to attend and explore their call to ordained ministry.
Learn more and register here: https://www.explorecalling.org
Contact Amy Shreve, firstname.lastname@example.org, for grant applications, questions, or connect with other young adults going from our area to coordinate hotel or transportation.
Fifteen young adults received grants to attend in 2017. Below are their reflections at the time. Now, several of them are ministry leaders at their Wesley Foundations, pursing Masters’s degrees at seminary, serving as a local license pastor, and serving the community through education and nonprofit work.
Reflections from Exploration 2017
Making Sense of the United Methodist Church
Now, Rachel Gustafson works as an on-site supervisor to support people with developmental disabilities.
Struggling With God’s Call
Now, Noel is pursuing a Master's of Special Education at Eastern Illinois University.
Now, Maggie is pursuing a degree at Duke Divinity School.
What’s a Deacon?
That Path Gets Clearer
Now, Mark is a licensed local pastor.
Encouragement for the Road Ahead
Now, Skyler Przygoda is pursing Master’s degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School.