Culture of Call Webinars


Culture of Call Webinars for 2021

The Church is in the midst of transition as we continue to make a way forward to gather, grow in faith in large and small groups, and worship God in new and different ways. Transition and uncertainty are often where God is most present. Consider Abram’s call when God says to “go to the land where I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). Or after Mary’s encounter with an angel and being told she would bear God’s Son, she willingly said, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1: 38). Even in uncertainty—perhaps especially in uncertainty—God still calls people.

In the year ahead, you’re invited to join a 1-hour long webinar in which we will define Culture of Call, introduce 5 earmarks of a Culture of Call, share stories of how others in the Great Plains UMC are establishing a culture of call, and share resources. We invite any Great Plains UMC pastor, lay leader, youth minister, campus minister or other groups who is a part of the GPUMC to join us. The cost for participation is $10 and will include a box of resources sent to you after the webinar.

The following topics will be included:

  • 5 Earmarks of a Culture of Call—Discernment opportunities, personal exploration, mentoring, spiritual nurture, and Community Support for Calling
  • Practical examples of culture of call in the GPUMC
  • Introduction of $500-$2,000 Grant, including a brief visioning exercise to consider possibilities in each participant’s context
  • Sharing Resources

The content of the webinar will include identifying what it means to have a “Culture of Call” and hearing from pastors, campus ministers, or other leaders who have a robust sense of Culture of Call in their context. You’ll be split up into a breakout room for some individual discussion and can expect to walk away from the webinar with the following:

  • Describe what it means for a community to have a Culture of Call
  • Identify Questions about calling in your context
  • Brainstorm possibilities for your ministry context to cultivate a culture of call
  • Create a “Next Step” plan
  • Receive a Resource Kit to share with people exploring calling

Your $10 registration fee will include resources that have been compiled for you and will include a total of three books, two of which you will choose from our curated list, plus some items for use in your context.


The webinars will be held four times in 2021, in conjunction with the deadline for the Culture of Call Grant. The grant deadline will be April 12 and September 15, with grants announced by April 23 and Oct. 1 Webinars will be held:

  • Thursday, March 4, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 16, 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 8, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 12, 10 a.m.

Register here.