EXPLORATION 2011 – Exploring a call in ministry

The United Methodist Church hosts an event each year exclusively for young adults interested in exploring a call in ministry. EXPLORATION 2011, an event for young adults who feel God’s call to ordained ministry as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church, will take place Nov. 11-13 in St. Louis, Mo.

The event provides a chance to explore the call to ordained ministry through worship, prayer, workshops, networking, and small groups.

Sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Exploration 2011 is open to young adults age 18 to 26. The registration fee will cover a two-night stay at the Millennium Hotel, meals, and program fees. Updates and registration information will be posted on the event Web site at www.gbhem.org/exploration.

“This year’s event will incorporate feedback we received through a longitudinal study begun at the 2009 Exploration. We hope to use what we have learned so far about the effect of these events on the discernment process to make each event more relevant to the participants,” said the Rev. Meg Lassiat, director of Candidacy, Mentoring, and Conference Relations.

The Design Team which is planning the event encourages campus ministries, annual conferences, and local churches to identify young adults who exhibit the gifts and graces for ordained ministry and to invite and support their attendance at this event.

The event will include speakers, worship, workshops, and small group interaction to help students hear, discern, and respond to their call to ordained ministry.

If you are interested in attending EXPLORATION 2011 please speak with your youth minister, pastor, or contact Leanne.