The Timothy Project shall be a vehicle for formation that will give young people the opportunity to think theologically as they discern a calling to ordained ministry.
Participants: Pastors, district superintendents and conference personnel shall identify youth aged 16-20 who exhibit gifts for ordained ministry. They shall be invited to apply for this year long program.
There will be five areas of focus for the program that coincide with five theological themes. These shall be the basis for the curriculum to be developed by the leadership team:
• Identity- Baptism (Paul Perez)
• Community- Trinity (Amy Mayo-Moyle)
• Mission- Communion (Jeff Nelson)
• Witness- Evangelism (Faith Green-Timmons)
• Kingdom- Eschatology (Eric Kieb)
Carl Gladstone will serve as worship leader.
Rick Dake serves on the planning team as representative of the Board of Ministry.
Other components: Mentoring by clergy, Feed into internship upon completion, work with participants’ pastors to identify places of leadership for youth in their home congregations.
June 27-28, 2010 - Retreat at West Bloomfield: St Paul's UMC
October 8-10, 2010 - Retreat at Lake Huron Retreat Center
March 18-20, 2010 - Retreat at Detroit: Central and Detroit: Metropolitan UMCs
June 26-29, 2010 - Retreat at Lake Louise United Methodist Camp
Each participant will be assigned to one of two groups: a high school aged group led by Amy Mayo-Moyle and Jeff Nelson, or a college aged group led by Eric Kieb and Paul Perez. These groups will meet throughout the year electronically and at times determined by the group. Each participant will be assigned a mentor.
$450 for the year, with $350 scholarships available.
We feel called to a role of mentoring and leadership development among young people that will help them to explore their call to ministry. Less than 5% of our clergy are under the age of 35. Our hope is that this program will allow young people to further explore their calling and allow it to catch fire.