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Now retired Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. and the Rev. Juan Huertas, lead pastor of Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport, La., pray with young adults considering ordained ministry during an Exploration event in St. Louis, Missouri. United Methodist Communications photo by Kathy L. Gilbert

United Methodist Communications photo by Kathy L. Gilbert

Now retired Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. and the Rev. Juan Huertas, lead pastor of Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport, La., pray with young adults considering ordained ministry during an Exploration event in St. Louis, Missouri.

Participants remember their baptism during an Exploration event for those discerning a call to ordained ministry. United Methodist Communications photo by Kathy L. Gilbert

United Methodist Communications photo by Kathy L. Gilbert

Participants remember their baptism during an Exploration event for those discerning a call to ordained ministry.

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Registration open for Exploration 2017

 

September/October 2017

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Registration for Exploration, a three-day event to help young adults listen, discern and respond to God's call to ordained ministry, is now open. The biennial event encourages 18-26-year-olds to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church.

Exploration, a program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, will be Nov. 3-5 in Portland, Oregon. It is for young adults who sense that God might be calling them to ordained ministry, who have wondered what ministry in The United Methodist Church is all about or who want to learn more about United Methodist seminaries and theological schools. 

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During Exploration, participants engage in meaningful fellowship, passionate worship, theological reflection and practical workshops.

The denomination offers several ways to live into vocational ministry. Speakers and workshop leaders will facilitate discussion about the ways of living into a call to church leadership.

"The United Methodist Church does not have a shortage of youth and young adults feeling called into church leadership," said the Rev. Trip Lowery, director of young adullt ministry discernment and enlistment at Higher Education and Ministry. "Exploration is a space where those feeling called can continue to discern what their next faithful steps should be, even if they discern those next steps are not into ordained leadership."

Learn more about Exploration at www.ExploreCalling.org.

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry