Culture of Call Grant FAQs
What are the hopes of the Culture of Call Grants?
- We hope that all people of the Mountain Sky Conference will connect their own discipleship—at home, work, church, and in the world—with living out their call.
- We would like to see churches, districts, campus ministries and agencies across Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana provide opportunities for children, youth, and adults to discern God’s voice, explore their gifts, connect with a mentor, nurture their spirits and find community support.
- This grant is an opportunity to spur imaginations and provide some resources to leaders in the Mountain Sky Conference to consider ways that they might cultivate conversations about call in their communities.
- In all grant applications, we want to see how your application connects individuals or groups within your sphere of influence to an exploration of vocational discernment as opposed to a more general discipleship.
Who is eligible for the grant?
- Any pastor or member of a Mountain Sky Conference congregation for use in a congregation, ministry, or agency of the Mountain Sky Conference.
- Preference will be given to first time applications over churches/entities who have already been awarded a Culture of Call grant.
Who is the target audience of the grant?
- There is not an age group being targeted and we would like to see applications that invite people of all ages considering what God is calling them to do with their lives.
What are the earmarks of a strong Culture of Call?
- Discernment events/experiences—discernment events could be a retreat, event, small group or class that is focused on identifying God’s voice in one’s life.
- Personal exploration—this includes individuals learning more about their gifts, passions, personality types and preferred context for ministry.
- Mentoring—mentoring relationships could be in the context of Confirmation, youth group, one-on-one, or in group settings but would provide an opportunity for someone younger (or younger in faith) to connect in a meaningful way with a more experienced Christian.
- Spiritual nurture—cultivating practices, both individual and corporate, that grow one’s spiritual life to maturity (in John Wesley’s terms, we’re talking about the means of grace—Bible study, prayer, fasting, worship, sharing your faith, sacraments, accountability, etc.).
- Community expression of supporting individual calls—celebrating the calls of members of a congregation by sharing stories, intentional prayer, lifting up names and individually supporting people as they explore and live out a call to ministry.
What are some sample projects that you anticipate approving?
- A focus in Confirmation giving students an opportunity to explore various ways to use their gifts in ministry.
- A mentoring program for mentoring pairs to meet weekly through the semester for coffee and studying a book together.
- An internship in a church, campus ministry or UM ministry.
- An Exploring Call event for members of a church(es).
- A District youth retreat giving students an opportunity to hear about different ministry opportunities
- We will fund projects between $500-$2,000 that we anticipate will provide funds for resources, speakers, travel, food or something else! Be creative!
Thank you to the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church for being the source of this information.