Calling 21 Program

Calling 21 is a Young Adult, Local Church Internship Program. It is a partnership ministry among the Virginia Conference Center for Clergy Excellence, the Cabinet, and Shenandoah University. This internship program for college students lasts from mid-June to mid-August, and the interns are housed with a host family in local congregations around Virginia. The purpose of the program is for college students to explore their calling. It is conference-wide, grass roots, congregation-based, youth-focused approach to the Virginia Conference's emerging culture of call. These students spend a summer immersed in the life of a local church, not their own, discerning God's call on their lives, and experiencing the diverse church communities in Virginia. (Calling 21 Promotional Flier)

                                    Are you…
- Wondering what you are supposed to do with your life?
- Desiring to use your gifts and skills to change the world?
- Interested in learning what Christian vocation is about?
- Willing to work hard with awesome people around Virginia?
- Someone who has completed at least a year of college?
…then Calling 21 may be for you.                                
                            


One intern who spoke about the program, saying, "On entering the program, I was sure that my place was in the ministry somewhere. I knew I had a calling, but I was unsure what it was... One of the most compelling parts of this program is that no one pressures you about your calling. They are there to talk about it with you, but the choice is truly yours."
Another said, "I am eternally grateful that God blessed me with this amazing experience."

Applications available December 1 and Due February 1

Check out this document of Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about Calling 21.
Interested in being a Host church?

Other important things to know:
• The internship is from June 3 to August 7, 2018
    o Including Orientation June 3-6, Annual Conference June 15-17 and Reflection August 6-7
• A video interview will be scheduled after the February 1 deadline.

For additional questions: Contact the Rev. Allie Rosner Bass, Chair of the Calling 21 Team, at allierosnerbass@vaumc.org or the Rev. Lindsey M. Baynham, Associate Director for the Center for Clergy Excellence, at lindseybaynham@vaumc.org or 804-521-1160

 


 

 

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