Discover 2018: Faith, Community, Calling

9/14/2018

Dear pastor,

I am writing to let you know about the upcoming Discover event happening October 19 – 21, 2018. Discover is designed for young adults (ages 18-25) who feel a call to ministry and would like to explore different possibilities of serving The United Methodist Church. 

Over the course of a weekend, participants will meet a wide variety of ministers (clergy and lay) who are using their unique gifts to serve the church. Participants will have time to talk with ministers from diverse ministry areas including pastors of traditional churches and new church starts, worship leaders, counselors, graphic design, camping and retreat ministries, and many others. Participants will sharpen their understanding of calling through listening to others’ stories and sharing their own. The Rev. Dr. Quincy Brown will be the spiritual guide for the weekend, helping participants discover their unique callings in this season of their lives.   

We need you to identify young adults (18-25) who feel called to the ministry. Whether they have already taken steps toward ministry or simply feel a tug in their heart, Discover is an opportunity to deepen their understanding of call. In addition to speaking with ministers, participants will hear about a variety of next steps they can take in the discernment process from candidacy, seminary, to internships in local churches through the Young Clergy Academy, and “Generation Transformation” through The General Board of Global Ministries. 

This retreat is made possible through The Young Clergy Initiative, a partnership between the North and South Georgia Annual Conferences. The funding from the YCI grant allows us to offer this retreat at a discounted rate of $100 per participant. This retreat is open to 50 young adults. Registration is open to individuals and groups. The deadline to register for this event is October 3. Registration is open now at www.umcommission.org/discoverevent/.

Please do all you can to encourage discerning young adults to participate in this unique opportunity. The future of our church depends on young adults rising up to answer God’s call.

Alive Together in Christ,

Bishop R. Lawson Bryan
South Georgia Conference