Registration for Exploration 2013 is Now Open

April 03, 2013

Registration is open for Exploration 2013 in Denver, Colo., an event for young adults age 18-26 to hear, discern, and respond to God's call to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. Featured speakers will include Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and the Rev. Jorge Acevedo.


Bishop Fierro Harvey, episcopal leader for the Louisiana Annual Conference, is the former deputy general secretary for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).


Acevedo, who will preach during opening worship, is the lead pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida. Grace Church is recognized as having one of the largest and most effective recovery ministries in America.


"If you think God might be calling you to ordained ministry, if you wondered what ordained ministry in the UMC looks like, or you want to be with other people who are sifting through these issues as well, this gathering is for you," said the Rev. Trip Lowery, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's Director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment. The event, scheduled for Nov. 15-17, is held every other year and sponsored by GBHEM.


Applications are also being taken for speakers who are involved in a unique ministry, a faithful traditional church, or a transformative faith community and would like to share that story to help those attending Exploration clarify how God is calling them.


Ordained clergy are also being recruited to write on the same topic on April 4 to promote awareness of Exploration. The topic is "Who called you on your journey of ministry?" Suggestions include writing about your mentor or inspiration for going into ordained ministry.


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