When God speaks, do we know how to listen and respond?
What specific practices encourage others to expect and be excited about God’s call? How do we move as a community from sitting in worship to kneeling in God’s service? How 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 connect and respond to God’s call is a powerful way to cultivate energy and faith within your congregation. To develop a church that is actively seeking and following God’s call takes intentional planning and opportunities for discipleship.
God is calling YOU to build a church that understands, equips and serves one another’s calls.
This course is for anyone who wants their church to focus on how God is at work right here and now through our various calls. In this course, we’ll take apart several Biblical stories of call (as well as our own) and pray for the next steps to take as part of God’s plan. We’ll champion each other’s calls and share ways to inspire our youth and young adults to step up as Christ-followers.
We need to emphasize: you can make a difference in your church and community! Begin by joining this community as we honor and celebrate God’s call to make disciples and make a lasting difference in the world.
There will be an optional video gathering during this course. We plan to hold these meetings at 9:30 PM EST during a weeknight to help those in other time zones but will do an initial poll to establish availability.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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…
“I 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 interactive experience.”
“The online discussions were my favorite part of the course. Learning from each other was a great experience.”
“I would recommend this course to anyone who is a youth leader in the church.”