Exploring Call

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Does it feel like God might be calling you to ministry? There are many ways you can follow God's call, but how can you tell where and in what capacity God is calling you to serve? The Great Plains Conference offers many opportunities for those wishing to discern their path to ministry, vocational and otherwise. Let us help you answer your call.


If you feel called to be a pastor


If you're leaning toward training as a lay person (non-clergy)


If you want to jump in and use your gifts for ministry now


Discerning a call

Do you feel like God may be calling you to ministry — or at least to go deeper in your faith? It may be helpful to know about some others who experienced a call to ministry.

One important aspect of discerning your call is spiritual growth. Often a “call” develops out of an experience with God, but sometimes the way forward after that encounter seems unclear. You may not hear an audible voice directing your path, but hopefully, an enriched spiritual life will help guide your responses to those internal nudges and thoughts that you’ve experienced.

Do you want to hear more about discerning your call in the Great Plains? Hear some stories from the Great Plains UMC.

Rev. Ashlee Alley Crawford, "Anatomy of a call"


Dr. Cheryl Rude, "Nobody Told Me That Calling Was Just for Clergy, So I'm Called to Lead"


Clergy or not, everyone has a call

Watch this video about calling created for the 2016 Orders and Fellowship gathering.