Lay servant ministries: Through baptism, all Christians are called to a ministry of servanthood. Some feel called to serve their own church or others in a deeper way. The Minnesota Conference offers a variety of opportunities for laity to become trained and equipped to live out their calling. The first step is a day-long ministry discernment retreat to learn basic leadership skills and complete a spiritual gifts inventory. Then laity can choose one of three paths that match their gifts: They can be trained to become a certified lay servant, certified lay speaker, or certified lay minister.  Learn more and register for a discernment retreat

ELI Project: The Exploring Leadership Internship (ELI) Project is for students exploring a call to ordained ministry. Through it, up to 10 college students are selected to participate in a learning experience each summer. After gathering for a week of orientation, which includes trips to seminaries and an opportunity to learn about the United Methodist Church, each intern is placed at a host church or organization for eight weeks. Over that period, the host congregation invites the intern to gain hands-on experience in a wide variety of ministerial contexts—and involves the intern in intentional reading, spiritual formation, and reflective discussions to help him or her hear and discern God’s call. Consider becoming a host congregation.  Learn more

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