EXPLORATION 2011, an event for young adults who feel God’s call to ordained ministry as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church, will take place Nov. 11-13 in St. Louis, Mo.
The event provides a chance to explore the call to ordained ministry through worship, prayer, workshops, networking, and small groups.
Sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Exploration 2011 is open to young adults age 18 to 26. The registration fee will cover a two-night stay at the Millennium Hotel, meals, and program fees. Updates and registration information will be posted on the event Web site at www.gbhem.org/exploration.
“This year’s event will incorporate feedback we received through a longitudinal study begun at the 2009 Exploration. We hope to use what we have learned so far about the effect of these events on the discernment process to make each event more relevant to the participants,” said the Rev. Meg Lassiat, director of Candidacy, Mentoring, and Conference Relations.
The Design Team which is planning the event encourages campus ministries, annual conferences, and local churches to identify young adults who exhibit the gifts and graces for ordained ministry and to invite and support their attendance at this event.
The event will include speakers, worship, workshops, and small group interaction to help students hear, discern, and respond to their call to ordained ministry.
Registration fees cover two nights hotel room, double occupancy, as well as dinner on Friday, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Participants can request roommates if the roommate requests match each other. Otherwise, roommates will be randomly assigned.
For Young Adults (18-26 years old):
All Other Attendees:
Registration for all other attendees is $200 and includes the hotel and meals stated above. Late registration is between September 26 and October 3 at $225. Each registration will be for double occupancy with an available upgrade to a single room for an additional cost.
Registration IS NOW OPEN! Go to www.gbhem.org/exploration to register.