Exploring Your Call

Call Sunday video

EXPLORATION is a three-day event for young adults age 18-26 to hear, discern, and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. If you have sensed God might be calling you to ordained ministry, wondered what ministry in The United Methodist Church is all about, would like help sifting through issues involved in an ordained vocation, or want to learn more about The United Methodist seminaries and theological schools, this gathering is for you.

Exploration seeks to respond faithfully and effectively to The United Methodist Church’s focus on increasing the number of young adult clergy in our denomination by creating sacred space to challenge the most gifted and promising young people of our denomination to hear God’s call to the ordained ministry.

Exploration creates sacred space for young adults to be in meaningful fellowship, passionate worship, theological reflection, and practical workshops as they discern whether God’s call on their life is to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church and what faithful steps they can take in response.

As you explore God’s call in your life, you may find helpful information at the following resources and programs. http://www.explorecalling.org/exploration/
 The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has information   on ordained ministry, certification, and seminaries.


 Young People's Ministries

Check out our new and improved website. Features include:
  • Facebook chat style
  • Cell phone SMS subscription
  • Weekly ministries' related stories from ministries with young people throughout the UMC
  • One place for all young people’s ministries related within The United Methodist Church
  • Grants and Scholarship information
  • Free monthly webinars
  • And many more useful and helpful information for your young people’s ministries



The General Board of Global Ministries has information that can help you to explore if your calling may be in volunteer or professional missionary service. 

Mission Education                   Mission Programs                  Mission Volunteers


Discerners Academy

The Louisiana Conference offers the Discerners Academy to lead discerners in exploring their call in light of their talents, skills, gifts, and the needs of the world in which they live. It consists of six weekend retreats over a period of two years. 

Please contact Rev. Katie McKay Simpson at ksimpson@universitymethodist.com or link to http://louisiana-www.brsite.com/discernersacademy for more information.


The Christian Leadership Center, a pre-professional program offered at Centenary College of Louisiana, is designed to help you discover your God-given calling through exploring church-related vocations and developing leadership skills within a diverse community of faith.

Program Description      FAQ       Forms       Request Information         Theological Studies


Navigating the Online Candidacy Process for Licenses or Ordained Ministry

Be sure to explore Faith in Action at UMC.org