Conference announces recipients of culture of call grants


Nine churches, campus ministries and colleges have received Culture of Call grants in the latest round of awards given by the Great Plains Conference.
Grants in the first round totaled $8,000. The total for this round totaled $16,565, with each grant ranging from $1,265 to $2,000.

Creating a Culture of Call means that the behaviors, beliefs and attitudes of the church or organization supports the members of the community to identify and explore a call by God to serve as a lay, licensed or ordained person. Not everyone who feels a call will work “in ministry” for a church, but as everyone seeks to live out his or her faith more deeply, we pray that everyone will consider their work in the world, and even their interactions with other people will be an opportunity to live out God’s call.

Recipients were:

  • Christ United Methodist Church in Schuyler, Nebraska, for a program incorporating an arts day camp.
  • First UMC in Blair, Nebraska, for a youth internship.
  • First UMC in Winfield, Kansas, for a youth mentoring program.
  • Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, received two grants – one for its Amp It Up! Camp for scholarships for minority students and one for its Summit Youth Academy.
  • Emporia State campus ministry for “Matter,” a program for college students discerning a call into ministry.
  • United Campus Ministry at the University of Nebraska-Kearney for a monthly mentoring meal.
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University campus ministry for a small group for college students discerning a call into ministry.
  • University United Methodist Church in Topeka for an internship to be split between the church and campus ministry.
Learn more about what you can do in your congregation to foster a culture of call or find out how to explore a call into ministry for yourself.

More grants are expected to be available in 2017. Watch the weekly GPconnect email newsletter for details on how to apply. (Subscribe to GPconnect.)

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