Spark invests in young entrepreneurs to launch innovative ideas that will transform their communities. This is a faith-based catalyst that helps bring these ideas to life. Having a good idea isn’t always enough and a great idea can fail if it doesn’t receive the nurture and care it deserves. Participants will be supported with small seed grants as well as be challenged to refine their vision, learn how to express their goals, and be networked with people/organizations.
The Journey Toward Ordained Ministry (JTOM) is a leadership development experience for ethnic minority college and/or seminary students interested in pursuing ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. This mentoring and scholarship program provides a $5,000 scholarship per academic year with continued mentoring through seminary and ordination.
EXPLORATION is a three-day event for young adults age 18-26 to hear, discern, and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. Exploration 2015 will be held in Orlando, FL on November 6-8.
Explore is a 10-week, full time ministry experience for college students who are exploring a vocation in ministry. The project seeks to prepare young people to hear God's call to ordained ministry by placing them in the context of a ministry setting and allowing them to shadow a clergy person.
IDK (I Don't Know) is an annual youth conference for 6-12 graders who feel they might be called into ministry. The goal of these events is to turn "I don't know" into "I DO know." Youth will hear call stories, learn what vocation means, do a spiritual gifts inventory and ask lots of questions.