Mission Center: Mission Leadership

Vocational Discernment

By virtue of our baptism we are all called to ministry:  the difficult task is discerning how you can best serve God in God's mission. In the Body of Christ, every member is important. Some are called to leadership, either Lay or Ordained, but we are all called to participate in some way.
The Body of Christ also needs people of all ages to participate in building God's kingdom. There are many and diverse ways you can deepen your commitment to God and God's Church. The following page is targeted for young adults considering ordained ministry. 

If you want to live out your faith, but are not interested in ordained ministry, check out our domestic and international internships.

Please feel free to contact us for any additional information on these or any other programs.

Lilly Summer Discernment Institute
This program was established in 2002 by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to the University of the South. The purpose of the program is to develop a new generation of religious and service-oriented leaders through substantive experiences in summer internships. In particular, the program was developed to help attract students to the ordained ministry and to vocations that embrace service as a way of life.

Fund for Theological Education, Inc.
The Fund for Theological Education offers support to help gifted young people explore and respond to God's calling in their lives and advocates for excellence and diversity in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship.

Explore Ministry
A calling. A passion. A vocation. A career. The last of the Renaissance professions. However its described, ministry offers a fulfilling way to make a living -- and a life. Being a minister draws together all of who you are -- mind, heart, body and soul -- in the amazing work of healing the world

Explore Faith
This is a community of faith dedicated to sharing their beliefs and experiences with anyone seeking answers to spiritual questions.

Listening Hearts Ministries
Listening Hearts Ministries provides a range of programs, publications, and services that teach people the practice of spiritual discernment through prayerful listening in supportive communities.


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Young Adult Ministry Talking Points


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