Culture of Call Resources

Three churches offer intergenerational events, small groups

Reported by Krista Peterson, Daykin, Endicott and Fairbury UMCs Project Summary Did your project go as expected? When applying for the Culture of Call Grant we initially thought we would host courtyard music concerts. Unfortunately, we struggled to arrange musicians and then with the resurgence of Covid-19 through the Delta variant come fall, we were forced to pivot a bit. We decided to offer a couple inter-generational community events and continue to focus more on small ...

St. George UMC connects church with community

Connecting digitally with our community through the development of a website and installing internet in the church building.

Columbus, NE First UMC hosts retreat to explore calling

"You Are Called" Retreat to explore with youth and adults what it means to be Called by God. The original proposal was that the retreat would be either 2-3 day event.

West Heights UMC offers mental health internship

Break the Stigma, is a youth-led group focused on making mental illness an easier subject to talk about.

Holton First UMC pastoral intern

The project involved creating a space for a high school Senior to serve as our Congregational Care Intern for 28 hours a month who explored her gifts for pastoral ministry and participated in the continuum of spiritual and mental health care for children, youth and adults.

Stull UMC music internship

Stull United Methodist Church applied for a Culture of Call grant to foster the gifts of music ministry.

UMCM ESU encourages students' call

United Methodist Campus Ministry at Emporia State University encourages students to explore their call, despite the changes brought on by COVID-19.

Sedan UMC offers music classes for kids and youth

Sedan UMC in Sedan, KS, offers music classes for children and youth, nurturing participants as disciples who share their faith through their musical gifts.

Bassett UMC offers ministry internship

This grant was for an internship for a young person to explore church ministry.

Omaha Saint Paul UMC unites youth

We explored uniting the youth of the African Nation congregation that worships in our building with the youth group of St. Paul. Joint leadership was provided by myself and a sponsor from the African Congregation.

Washburn Campus Ministry Calling Cohort

United Methodist Campus Ministry at Washburn University paired students with mentors who met 1-on-1 and as a group, focusing on personal and theological reflection. Participants were introduced to the Enneagram to better understand their personality and gifts in connection with living into God's call. The meetings were affected by COVID-19.

Santa Fe Trail parish youth confirmation and retreat

Confirmation classes and retreat for Santa Fe Trail Parish youth. Santa Fe Trail Parish consists of Council Grove Dunlap UMC, Wilsey UMC, Dwight UMC, White City UMC, Alta Vista Simpson UMC.

NWU Campus Ministry nurtures students' calls to servant leadership

Nebraska Wesleyan University expands mentoring and leadership opportunities for students to nurture and explore the call to servant leadership.

Lawrence First UMC Spiritual Training and Mentor Program

Lawrence First UMC offered an internship to empower a young woman to explore her call while mentoring young adults as they discover their own spiritual gifts.

College Avenue UMC offers Culture of Call retreats

College Avenue UMC in Manhattan, KS, offered overnight retreats for post-confirmation youth and one for senior high. The retreats focused on calling.

Horizons Community UMC mentoring

Horizons Community UMC in Lincoln creates mentoring relationships between church staff and kids/youth who have felt called to ministry.

Laurel UMC internship

Laurel United Methodist Church in Nebraska has received the spring Culture of Call grant. The grant will go toward an internship for a young person to explore ministry. “This project will allow a young person to explore aspects of ministry within the church and discern where God might continue to be calling them as they get opportunities to serve in various capacities,” the church’s pastor, the Rev. Isaac Chua, wrote in the grant request. “This project will also nurture spiritual growth ...

Dawson UMC Lead2Lead Initiative

A Lead2Lead Initiative for Dawson UMC in Wichita, Kansas, is proposed and reported by Amy Foster. The work of the project is to give youth an opportunity to explore and utilize their gifts for both life and ministry. Through this intergenerational experience adults in the congregation will mentor the next generation to do the same. Contact:

First Light UMC confirmation experience

A confirmation experience project for First Light UMC in Gardner, Kansas, is proposed and reported by Nancy Pauls. The work of the project is to develop a multi-generational Christian Confirmation experience resulting in professions of faith, more committed disciples, and a reigniting of youth group in our church. Contact:

First Light UMC ministry leadership internship

A ministry leadership internship project for First Light UMC in Gardner, Kansas, is proposed and reported by Nancy Pauls. The work of the project is to create an internship in ministry leadership for member(s) of our church who have shown gifts and fruit for church ministry work and/or has identified an internal call by God for exploring and growing in ministry leadership. Contact:

First UMC Blair, Nebraska youth internship

A youth internship project for First UMC in Blair, Nebraska, is proposed by Rebecca Hjelle and reported by Gina Gile. The work of the project is to create an internship experience that allows middle school and high school youth to discern their gifts and graces as they relate to the ministries and work of the UMC. Contact and/or

Great west district exploring call retreat

A retreat offered by the Great West District in Nebraska, proposed by Kay Alnor and reported by Christy Baltzell. The work of the project is to offer a retreat event at Camp Norwesca to challenge people of all cultures, ages, and stages to follow the call. Contact

Lenexa UMC ministerial internship

A ministerial Internship project for Lenexa UMC in Lenexa, Kansas is proposed and reported by Tyler Kaufmann. The work of the project is empowering a young clergy person to explore the call of mentoring by facilitating a ministerial internship that enables a young adult to explore their calling. Contact

Nebraska Wesleyan University discernment small group

A small group project for Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska is proposed and reported by H. Eduardo Bousson. The work of the project is to provide guided assistance to Nebraska Wesleyan students who might be discerning their call to ordained ministry, and/or ministry as a profession. Contact or

Southwestern College Amp It Up camp scholarships

A scholarship program for Southwestern College's Amp It Up youth praise band camp is proposed and reported by Martin Rude. The work of the project is to provide registration fees for 6 minority youth to attend Amp It Up. Contact

Tonganoxie Pastoral Internships

A pastoral internship project for Tonganoxie UMC in Tonganoxie, Kansas, is proposed and reported by Bill Gepford. The work of the project is to provide two young people exploring their call to ministry. TUMC used to be the church for retiring pastors; we seek to become a church that develops pastors by solidifying our pastoral intern program. Contact

Transforming spaces, transforming lives at Cunningham UMC

An inter-generational project for Cunningham UMC in Cunningham, Kansas, is proposed and reported by Abby Caseman. The work of the project "transforming spaces...transforming lives" is to create an environment to nurture the spiritual development of children and youth in Cunningham, KS. Contact

Valentine UMC sermon series and monthly brunch

A 12-week sermon series project for Valentine UMC in Valentine, Nebraska is proposed and reported by Will Deeds. The work of the project is a monthly brunch as part of our Sunday service in conjunction with a 12-week sermon series. This brunch will place congregants with mentors who will discuss topics relating to call and vocation. Contact