Can I share a beautiful challenge with you? This is the first year that Next Gen has had Cultivate internships. These are provided through a generous grant of the Young Clergy Initiative for high school and college students to get practical experience in ministry. Our goal is to develop a “culture of call,” allowing students to be leaders in churches and explore the discernment process of serving in ministry early. Here’s the beautiful challenge: we have had too many churches and students … [Read more...] about Message from Eric Drew, Executive Director
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2019 Next Gen Camps2019 Next Gen Camps2019 Next Gen Camps From theater and photography to music and leadership workshops, campers reveled in all there was to do this summer at Next Gen Summer Camps. Next Gen held four summer camp sessions this summer, each offering its own unique opportunities for campers to grow in their faith while having fun! Camp Inspire, our new creative arts camp, provided campers with an opportunity to write and perform music, explore the different aspects of … [Read more...] about 2019 Next Gen Summer Camps Wrap Up!
Summer camps have already finished for the season. There have been four incredible weeks of learning, development, faith formation and worship. From theater, sports and photography to music and arts and crafts, campers reveled in all there was to do this summer. In between activities, the children enjoyed making new friends, partaking in archery and celebrating the gifts of God! They even squeezed in some time for hula hooping and a little goofing off! The campers, ranging in age from 10 to … [Read more...] about Created to Create: Next Gen 2019 Summer Camps
Cultivate: Summer of Exploration, an internship program for high school students, turned out to be a great success, providing students and clergy alike with memories and lessons to be taken outside the classroom. High school students from 11 churches participated in this eight-week program that exposed them to a different side of ministry. “It has been a tremendous blessing to the church,” said Avalon UMC’s Pastor David Montanye who advocated for renewed funding next year. It was a mutual … [Read more...] about Cultivate: Summer of Exploration 2019
Kansas City, Missouri, was alive this August with Youth 2019. Our Next Gen team members Eric Drew and Davidson Sutherland enjoyed witnessing the growth of young students and their leaders. Students shared powerful testimonies of God’s transforming love amid injustice and the mundane. They educated adults and peers about how the land the convention center sat on was taken from Native Americans, as well as their experiences of immigration and race. Adults learned about what it means to be a high … [Read more...] about Youth 2019 Kansas City