Tuesday, July 7, 2015

God's Calling - We're here to help

Have you felt God nudging you toward a specific form of ministry or
vocation? Have you wondered, God, are really calling me to this? Or perhaps you know someone you believe is being called to a leadership ministry within the church. The Enlistment and Interpretation Committee of the Board of the Ordained Ministry of the Susquehanna Conference is here to help you. This team is equipped to help you as you discern your calling. The E&I team can provide you with “Culture of the Call” materials for your use so you and your church may help others recognize, nurture, and honor God’s call upon them. There are a variety of opportunities available to assist individuals to discern their calling.

The annual Adult God’s Call Event for individuals 18 or older, being held August 8, 2015, at St. Paul’s UMC in Chambersburg, is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to find out more about the ordained and certified ministries within the United Methodist Church.

Two Ministry Internship Scholarships are available every year for college-age students who wish to explore the role of various ministries within the local church. A $5,000 scholarship is given to the ministry intern. New this year is a summer internship for college-age students. A $2,000 scholarship is given, as well as a $500 honorarium.

The Rev. Thomas K. Cartwright Scholarship is presented every year through the E&I Committe to a young certified candidate within the ordained candidacy ministry process.

Scholarships are offered in the form of airfare for individuals from the Susquehanna Conference who will be joining a representative from the E&I Committee to the National Exploration Event. This United Methodist Church event is being held in Orlando, November 6-8, and is an opportunity for young people to explore the ministries of the United Methodist Church. Register now for this November event.

If you are an ordained pastor serving within the Susquehanna Conference, you may be interested in serving as a God’s Call Camp Pastor at one of the conference camps next year. This is an opportunity for pastors to share their call stories and help campers better understand God’s Call in their own lives. This is a one week commitment, and an exciting outreach of the E&I Committee.

To find out more about the items mentioned in this article, and other resources, contact Carol Diffenbaugh at caroldiffenbaugh@verizon.net.

God’s Calling. We’re here to help!

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