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Exploration creates sacred space for young adults, ages 18-26, 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.

…until Exploration 2019 in Orlando, FL

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friday, nov. 1

12pm-12am…sacred space open
3pm-5pm – small group leader training
3pm-6pm – registration
5pm-6:30pm – dinner with your annual conference
7pm-9pm – welcome and worship
9:15pm-10:15pm – small groups
10:30pm-12am – fellowship
12am – quiet hours and sacred space closes

saturday, nov. 2

6am-12am – sacred space open
7:30am-8:30am – breakfast
8:30am-10am – worship
10:15am-11:15am – small groups
11:30am-12:45pm – workshop session 1
12:45pm-2pm – lunch and visit exhibitors
2pm-3:15pm – workshop session 2
3:15pm-3:45pm – break
3:45pm-5pm – workshop session 3
5pm-5:30pm – break
5:30pm-7pm – dinner
7pm-8:30pm – workship
8:45pm-10:15pm – small groups
10:30pm-12am – fellowship
12am – quiet hours and sacred space closes

sunday, nov. 3

8am-9am – breakfast with your small group
9am-9:30am – small group closing benediction
9:30am-11am – worship

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certification, endorsement and extension ministry

Ministry happens in a variety of settings – not just within a local church congregation! United Methodist elders and deacons can be ordained to serve in the chaplaincy (ex. hospice, military, hospital) as a pastoral caregiver or spiritual director, or in campus ministry. If you feel a calling to serve God, but aren’t drawn to ministry within a local church, come to this workshop to explore opportunities beyond the church walls.


Deacons are ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice. Learn from deacons with a variety of specialized ministries and how they serve as bridges between the Church and the world.

deacon or elder? two paths to ordination

Learn from a panel of elders and deacons as they share about how they live out their calls to ordination.


Elders are ordained to Word, Order, Table, and Service. Learn from a panel of elders about how they live out their calls to ministry. Panel discussion.

funding your theological education

You have scholarship options for seminary – some funds come from traditional sources and some from surprising places. Come and discuss some of the resources available to you, including annual conference, denominational, and institutional scholarships.

navigating the ordination process

The United Methodist Church’s candidacy process is the application and discernment process for ordination. We will explain the process, give an overview of the steps to take, and give suggestions on how to work through the process. Learn how you can clarify your call by going through the candidacy process.

gifts of women in ministry

Women have received full clergy rights for over sixty years in the Methodist tradition. Learn how women can use their gifts in lay and ordained ministry. Small panel discussion.

to rev or not to rev? the ordination question

Am I called to ordination? Learn from elders, deacons, and laypersons about how they discerned their paths to lay or ordained ministry.

working for change in the world

Is your motivation for ministry rooted in mission? Hear about how you can use your call as a starting point for a life of ministry.







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