The Center for
Calling and Christian Leadership mentors young people (mostly Methodists) ages 12 and up across the state of Arkansas who are exploring a call to ministry. From the
beginnings of discerning a call and throughout the vocational
discernment process to professional church leadership, the Center offers programming in a variety of areas, including worship leadership, shadowing,
orientation to ministry, spiritual formation, peer support, internships, and
Rev. Eva Englert-Jessen, a United Methodist Deacon, serves as the Center's
Program Director, made possible by the Methodist Foundation for Arkansas (MFA).
Eva Englert-Jessen (SLTC 131, 450-1459; mailto: email@example.com)
Click here to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, which contains more detailed information about:
- our programs and links to applications for upcoming trips (currently suspended due to Covid)
- reflections from Center participants
- photos of recent events
- things happening around the ARUMC Conference
- job and internship opportunities.
See our linktree for links to all of our upcoming Zooms, scholarship opportunities, and the complete list of activities by age group (the high school and midyouth information is in the newsletter link).
Check out our social media pages (Facebook: Center for Calling & Christian Leadership; instagram: @center_for_ccl).
Upcoming Events with the Center
Exploring Ministry Together (EMT) begins again in Winter/Spring 2021! EMT is a weekly gathering space for college students and young adults who are exploring a call to lay or ordained ministry, especially if you're Methodist. Even if you're just *thinking* about it, or have mentors and friends who've told you they see leadership gifts in you, you're WELCOME to join us.
A word about themes this semester: In addition to offering our typical programming that focuses on introducing and exposing ministry explorers to a wide range of conversations about various ministry topics and possibilities, we recognize that we are not living in "business as usual" times. Our United Methodist baptismal vows, which are integral to what it means to be loved and called by God, compel us to dig more deeply into how we are called to lead and minister with courage. Throughout our programs in the coming weeks and months, we will make intentional space for courageous conversation and to ponder how we sustain our faith during times of challenge and rupture in our society and world.
Exploring Ministry Together begins again on Monday, January 25!
Since the Center for Calling is about offering learning opportunities, trips, and peer groups for students across the state of Arkansas, we are going to continue gathering on Zoom on Monday evenings, usually at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. This helps us to easily connect with students across the state and to invite amazing speakers in Arkansas and beyond.
Our EMT topics this semester are largely shaped by requests from our college students. We will combine stories from a variety of guests (see below for the upcoming Specialized Ministries panel!) and also make space for spiritual practices and general community-building.
January 25: First gathering: What’s to come this semester and summer job & internship possibilities
February 1, 4:30pm: Bishop Gary Mueller
February 8, 4:30pm: Special ministries panel (with lay & ordained ministers involved immigration work, community engagement, music, youth ministry, and neighboring/community development); see flyer at the linktr.ee/CCCL and register and see more at bit.ly/emtspecial.
February 17: Global mission and ministry with Rev. Wes & Leah Magruder, missionaries in South Africa
February 22: Open space sharing & spiritual practices*
March 1: Vocational discernment and Deacons workshop with Eva Englert-Jessen and Grant Swanson of Garrett Seminary admissions
March 8: Children’s ministry panel
March 15: Rev. Ellen Alston, Hendrix Chaplain
March 22: Study & chill night
March 29: “Grab bag” Q&A (general questions about ministry, etc.) and spiritual practices; submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 5: Practices related to faith & justice with General Board of Church & Society and possible connections to local faith & civics activities at Arkansas capitol/Little Rock
April 12: Study & chill night with spiritual practices
April 19: Senior celebration
April 23: Possible virtual visit with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (TBA)
*Spiritual practices will include a variety of activities related to discernment (e.g. prayer, art, food, music, journaling).
Photos of 2019-2020 Program Year Events (see our social media pages for more recent photos)
Arkansas college students, seminarians and clergy at UMC Exploration event in Orlando.
ARUMC college students visit Wesley Theological Seminary with Miranda Donakey (Hendrix Chaplain Intern 2018-2020) and Rev. Chase Green.
Exploring Ministry Together presents a special faith and justice panel, featuring a variety of UMC elders, deacons, and laypeople (Rev. Paul Atkins, Rev. Haley Jones, Rev. Will Choate, Samantha Black, Rev. Brittany Richardson Watson, Malik Saafir).
First gathering of the 2019-2021 ecumenical Clergy Institute for Civic Engagement cohort.
A class for 3rd-6th graders on call & creation care at ARUMC Conference "Quest" event.
July 2019: Closing celebration for our first summer of pastoral interns with the Center for Calling, and another summer of interns with the Miller Center. These students and supervisors are amazing, and we are so grateful for all their labors of love, ministry, discernment and service this summer.