Are you equipped and ready to help young people hear AND follow their call?
How can you provide sacred spaces and develop partnerships for the call journey? Where can you extend the transformational experiences of camping and retreat ministries into the larger community? How are you adapting to shifting resources and culture to care for your students and their calls?
Many children and youth first hear God’s call while at a camp or retreat. But some of these campers will have never been to church, nor do they expect to go to a college. Others may go to a church or campus ministry but not have the support needed to accept their call.
God has called YOU to help.
Explore Biblical call stories and work on spiritual practices for hearing and responding to God. Connect with churches and campuses near you to effectively and actively share God’s call together. Discover relevant outdoor activities and facilitation ideas to champion God’s call. Walk the path of faith with your students and for your students.
By the end of the course, you’ll be more grounded in understanding your own call, equipped to help others to hear their own, and have meaningful practices to use in your camps and retreats.
This course is for anyone related in a camping or retreat ministry. There will be two optional video chats in this course (evening times), and may include members of the campus ministries 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.
Come and see why God calls you to your wonderfully unique ministry and how you help youth answer their own calls!
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!