When God speaks, do we know how to listen? Do we know how to identify God’s plans and call for each of us? And do we make it clear to young people – both as individuals and as a congregation – that God is speaking to them? Helping youth and young adults listen for and respond to God’s call is a powerful way to cultivate energy and deep faithfulness within your congregation and form young people into disciples of Jesus.
This course is for anyone who wants their church to celebrate listening to God. In this course, we’ll develop a culture in our congregations that listens for and celebrates God’s call. You’ll explore several Biblical stories of call (as well as your own), learn how to recognize God’s call – what it looks and feels like – and learn the language of call so you’re better equipped to talk about it with others. We’ll engage in powerful discussions about how God is at work in and around us.
We want to emphasize: you can make a difference in your church! The problem is often not knowing where to begin. Enroll in this class and join us in active fellowship and in-depth study as we take part in God’s call to be the body of Christ together.
About the Timothy Circle
This class is a part of the Timothy Circle. The Timothy Circle is a sister program of BeADisciple and is focused on helping connect young people with opportunities that will further their understanding of their call. You can learn more about the Timothy Circle on the Institute for Discipleship website or by watching the video below:
About the Instructor
Teryl Cartwright is a teacher and writer. She is excited to be a Culture of the Call Coordinator, teaching three very different Culture of the Call modules for Congregational Life (churches), Camping Ministries, and Campus Ministries. She has an M.A. in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston and B.S. in Education from Clarion University. She worked as a freelance curriculum writer for Group Publishing for ten years and then served as Director of Adult Ministries in a thousand member church for seven years. She has taught various other online courses including “Conference Call,” a personalized “design as you go” curriculum offered by the Susquehanna Conference E& I Committee for those attending a “God’s Calling” workshop on discernment. She loves the “iron sharpening iron” opportunities to learn from her course participants.
She is a member of Spry Church (UMC) in York, PA. Her teaching is based on reflection, discussion, and activity-based learning. She feels blessed to have piloted several unique Bible studies within the local church on bioethics, humor, creativity, and service learning. Some of her hobbies include origami, game creation, pottery throwing (making bowls not breaking them), and Christian fiction writing. An advocate of lifelong learning, she thinks the best part is seeing the wonders God reveals daily!
Past Students Said…
“learned from the other class members how they perceived their own call from God. It was helpful for me to
hear the various ways the Lord can work. But as much as anything, I simply enjoyed the fellowship of the daily
discussions on the online board.”
“The online discussions were the best part for me. Each day we would receive a topic to write about, then each
one would write a brief essay. We would read each other’s essays and comment on them, making it an
“The online discussions were my favorite part of the course. Learning from each other was a great
“I would recommend this course to anyone who is a youth leader in the church.”