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December 7, 2018
Tagged in: Young Adults

The church spends much time and effort lamenting that young adults aren’t coming to church and talking amongst itself about what to do about it. The church says it wants young adults to be a part of the life of the church, but many aren’t quite sure where to begin.

As with anything we do as a church, begin with relationship.

If you want to grow any ministry within your church, you start by building relationships, talking with the people you are feeling called to serve in a particular way, finding out what they desire and what they have to give, and learning more about them as children of God. Jesus showed us this time and again as he built relationships with the disciples and with those around him.

Ministry does not begin with a program or a curriculum or the newest tech. Ministry begins with relationship. It begins by getting to know the person in front of you and who God is in their life. It begins by praying together, spending time with God together, and wondering about where God is calling you further into the Gospels and into discipleship.

“If we lose a generation of young people in the church, it won’t be because we didn’t entertain them. It will be because we didn’t dare to do something meaningful with the Gospel in light of the world we live in.” – Shane Claiborne

As a church, we have to stop crying and start building relationships. Build the relationships and listen to what they are yearning for, what they desire to offer, and what you might create together. Below are some thoughts about where you might start. Keep in mind that young adults do not have disposable income, so find ways to fund the ministries and engage in events that are free!

Build Relationships with and among Young Adults

  • Recognize and invite young adults to connect and build relationships with one another and with people from the church.
  • Offer one-off or annual invitations based on young adult interests, community events/context, etc.
  • Fit events into a larger ministry context. There needs to be a “why” beyond “because it’s nice”.

Build Spiritual Growth and Leadership with Young Adults

  • Create small group opportunities and experiences that can be touchstones in the midst of life’s busy and bustle
  • Disciple persons new to the tradition. Be mindful that they are coming for relationships first and tradition second.
  • Create opportunities for young adults to know their strengths and grow where they feel God calling them.
  • Worship and pray together, inviting young adults to create and lead the liturgies. 

Work together

  • Find ways to intentionally carve out space in the life of the church where young adults can play a central role.
  • Work to create the culture of welcoming a diversity of gifts instead of slotting young adults into “traditional roles” like helping with youth or yardwork.
  • Build capacity within the church around what elders can do (mentor, listen, chat) as opposed to focusing on generation gaps.

Serve the community

  • Identify your community’s gifts first to see what you have to offer. Then, through investigation and conversation, discern some places where your gifts might meet needs in the community.
  • Utilize both programs and campaigns in the ways that you engage with the community. Invite folks in and send folks out.
  • Invite young adult leaders and community members to meet church neighbors, asking the question, “What can we do to bless the neighborhood our church lives in?”

Have Fun Together

  • Find ways to have fun together! Go to the movies, enjoy dinner, play mini golf, go to concerts, attend a play, or gather for a game night.

Adapted from 30 Ideas for Young Adult Ministry written by The Rev. Mary Cat Young, Mr. Steve Mullaney, and The Rev. Shannon Kelly

The church spends much time and effort lamenting that young adults aren’t coming to church and talking amongst itself about what to do about it. The church says it wants young adults to be a part of the life of the church, but many aren’t quite...
October 23, 2018

“Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life
and that is a Christian obligation.”
-Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

The Faith Formation Department and the Office of Government Relations Episcopal Public Policy Network have teamed up to help you think about how to #VoteFaithfully and help others do the same. Check out our recent webinar

And, all of the fantastic information!

#VoteFaithfully Toolkit 
https://cqrcengage.com/episcopal/file/euXNP1gXXKY/VoteFaithfully_Toolkit%202018.pdf
En español “Herramientas para votar fielmente”:https://cqrcengage.com/episcopal/file/ErHyMcEm8oH/Vote%20Faithfully%20Spanish%20Toolkit%202018.pdf

Register to Vote
https://vote.gov/

Get Ready to Vote
https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/

Find Where you Can Vote
https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/find-your-polling-place/

Join Lawyers & Collars
http://lawyersandcollars.org/

The Office of Government Relations website
https://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/

Join The Episcopal Public Policy Network
https://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/app/register?2&m=29629

Follow us @TheEPPN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Order the “I’m and Episcopalian and I Voted” Stickers
Write to Alan at [email protected] for instructions.

Civil Discourse Curriculum
 https://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/resources

Search Episcopal Church Policies in the Archives of the Episcopal Church
You can search by keyword or resolution number for both General Convention and Executive Council policies. For General Convention: https://episcopalarchives.org/cgi-bin/acts/acts_search.pl and Executive Council: https://www.episcopalarchives.org/e-archives/executive_council/

“Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life and that is a Christian obligation.” -Presiding Bishop Michael Curry The Faith Formation Department and the Office of Government Relations Episcopal Public...
October 4, 2018
Tagged in: Young Adult

The Episcopal Church invites applications for grants to assist with Young Adult and Campus Ministries throughout the church. This is a three-step process which includes discernment and planning, writing the application, and online submission. This process is designed to help you discern where and how God is calling your community to serve young adults and whether now is the right time to apply for a grant. We hope this process is an invitation for you and your community to consider how the Episcopal Church can minister with young adults on and off college campuses, (including community colleges and tribal college campuses, non-traditional degree programs) in the military, and those who are not in college. 

Eligibility
These grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry (or ecumenical ministry with an Episcopal presence) in a diocese, congregation, or college/university that is currently engaging in or seeking a new relationship with young adults on and off college campuses.

Amount, Duration, and Categories of Grants
A total of $133,000 is available for this cycle, with a total of $400,000 available this triennium. These grants are for the 2019-2020 academic year. Deadline for submitting grants is November 19, 2018. There are four categories of grants:

  • Leadership Grant: to establish a new, restore a dormant, or reenergize a current campus ministry. Grant will range from $20-30,000 and can be used over a two-year period.
  • Campus Ministry Grants: to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative campus ministries or to enhance a current ministry. Grants $3-5,000.
  • Young Adult Ministry Grants: to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative young adult ministries or to enhance a current ministry. Grants $3-5,000. 
  • Project Grants: to provide money for a one-time project that will enhance and impact the campus or young adult ministry. Grants $100-1,000

For more information, go to the Grants Page

The Episcopal Church invites applications for grants to assist with Young Adult and Campus Ministries throughout the church. This is a three-step process which includes discernment and planning, writing the application, and online submission. This...
January 16, 2018

This year, the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry is hosting the Young Adult Festival at General Convention, and therefore will NOT hold the annual conference that usually happens in June. Instead, we are focusing on gathering with our friends and colleagues around the church at regional gatherings.

While each is listed chronologically by Province and date, all are welcome. Please note which gatherings are for leaders, and which are for leaders and young adults and students.

Province V
February 16-18, 2018

Techny Towers Retreat Center in Northbrook, IL.

A regional retreat for young adult Christians to gather, find rest, reconnect with God, and discover resources for better connecting with each other and the world around us.

Province VIII Young Adult and Campus Ministry Gathering: Signs Unwritten
April 6-8, 2018

Tucson, AZ

To view the brochure, click here.

Provinces I, II, and III Gathering for Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leaders
May 22-24

DuPont Memorial House Retreat Center, Delaware

This is a time for staff leaders, Chaplains and young adult ministers to gather in community to Refresh, Reconnect, and Reclaim. 

  • Refresh our spiritual lives, reconnect with colleagues, reclaim our gifts and skills for ministry. 
  • Guest speaker Sam Portaro will join the group in our reflection time 
  • The group will also spend time focused on building knowledge and skills. 

For more information and to register: https://goo.gl/forms/SjBFBcJOqqvlB8k32.

Province VII Gathering during General Convention for Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leaders
July
Austin, TX
Details soon.

Province V Chaplains Gathering
October 23-25, St. Louis
Details forthcoming. Contact the Rev. Stacy Alan at [email protected] for more information.

Province IV Gathering for Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leaders and Students in Discernment
November 19-21
Atlanta
Details soon.

This year, the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry is hosting the Young Adult Festival at General Convention, and therefore will NOT hold the annual conference that usually happens in June. Instead, we are focusing on gathering with our...
October 19, 2017

Starting January 2, 2018, the Episcopal Church will invite applications for grants to assist with ministries with Young Adult and Campus Ministries throughout the church. This will be a three-step process:

  1. Grant Discernment and Planning (download the pdf)
  2. Completing the Grant Application (download the Word doc), and
  3. Submitting the application online.

We hope this process is an invitation for you and your community to consider how Young Adult and Campus Ministry in the Episcopal Church can minister with young adults on and off college campuses, including Community Colleges and Tribal College Campuses, non-traditional degree programs, in the military, and those who are not in college. This process is designed to help you discern where and how God is calling your community to serve young adults and whether now is the right time to apply for a grant. Download a pdf describing the grants process.

Webinar

A webinar was held in mid-December to discuss the grants process and answer any questions. Click here to view the webinar on our youtube channel. Click here for the powerpoint used during the webinar.

Eligibility

These grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry (or ecumenical ministry with an Episcopal presence) in a diocese, congregation or community college/tribal college/university campus that is currently engaging in or seeking a new relationship with young adults on and off college campuses.

Timeline

  • October: Grant requirements and application on website and social media
  • December 7, 4 pm Eastern: Grant process webinar
  • January 2: Online application goes live
  • February 2: Application window closes
  • February 3-16: Grant applications read and assessed by team of reviewers
  • February 17-28: Grant reviewers meet to discern and create recommendations for Executive Council
  • March 5: Recommendations to Executive Council
  • April 21-23: Executive Council meeting
  • April 25-27: Letters for success grant applications prepared and mailed
  • April 30: Grants announced

Amount, Duration, and Categories of Grants

These grants are for the 2018-19 academic year. A total of $138,000 is available for the 2018-2019 cycle, with a total of $400,000 available for the triennium.

There are four categories of grants:

  • Leadership Grant: to establish a new, restore a dormant, or reenergize a current campus ministry. Grant will range from $20-30,000 and can be used over a two-year period.
  • Campus Ministry Grants: to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative campus ministries or to enhance a current ministry. Grants will range from $3-5,000.
  • Young Adult Ministry Grants: to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative young adult ministries or to enhance a current ministry. Grants range from $3-5,000. 
  • Project Grants: to provide money for a one-time project that will enhance and impact the campus or young adult ministry. Grants $100-1,000.

Selection Criteria

Projects must:

  • be received on or before February 2, 2018 by 10 pm Eastern time.
  • be no more than five pages in length (which includes the summary page, description, goals, and evaluation and continuation of ministry), include the budget worksheet (no more than two pages long), and follow the grant format. (total application should be no more than 7 pages)
  • be submitted online. If you cannot submit the application online, please contact us before February 2 to make other arrangements.
  • show how the diocese, congregation, and/or ministry will continue to support the ministry at the end of the grant term. (if applicable)
  • be approved by the bishop of the diocese in which the ministry is to be located. Each diocese that receives a grant shall appoint someone to oversee the grant and make appropriate financial reports to The Episcopal Church and the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries.

Selection Preferences

In addition to the above criteria, the selection process will also reflect several preferences. Though these are not requirements, we will give preference to projects that:

  • are collaborative and bring members of the community together.
  • bring new learning into a community.
  • prepare young adults for leadership and/or provide training for young adults.
  • reach those who are traditionally least likely to seek out a campus ministry or other Episcopal young adult ministry.
  • address the priorities of General Convention.
  • promote reconciliation, evangelism or environmental stewardship.

Budget Guidelines

The specific ways you propose to use grant funds will be a major factor in the selection of projects for funding.

  • Include a detailed budget that contains both expense and income to conduct the program.
  • Prepare your budget using the form provided at the end of this application. This is the budget for your grant application, not the budget for your organization.
  • Include estimates of committed contributions in kind, such as space and volunteer time.
  • Income should include participant fees and contributions, as applicable. Be specific and detailed about the budget for your project, including any other anticipated revenue.
  • Detail any additional grants that are being sought, and identify whether these funds are confirmed, anticipated, or pending. 

Expectations and Further Information

Ministers in charge of ministry grants are expected to attend any churchwide gatherings of campus or young adult ministers sponsored by the Episcopal Church during the term of the grant. Ministries receiving grants may be assigned a mentor for the duration of the grant period.

The application must be completed in full and submitted online. Please do not email your application.

If you have further questions, please contact The Rev. Shannon Kelly, Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministry at [email protected] or Valerie Harris, Formation Associate at [email protected].

Starting January 2, 2018, the Episcopal Church will invite applications for grants to assist with ministries with Young Adult and Campus Ministries throughout the church. This will be a three-step process: Grant Discernment and Planning (download...
September 6, 2017

Episcopal Young Adults are invited to the Young Adult Festival, to be held July 4-9, 2018 at the triennial General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

Through the Festival, young adults 18-30 have the opportunity to meet peers from across the globe to pray and learn together, engage our legislative process and help discern God’s call for the Episcopal Church. With worship, workshops, networking, and housing, the festival makes General Convention accessible and enjoyable for rookies, advocates, and leaders alike.

Registration is limited and will open later this fall. 

Episcopal Young Adults are invited to the Young Adult Festival, to be held July 4-9, 2018 at the triennial General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Through the Festival, young adults 18-30 have the opportunity to meet peers from across the globe...
April 28, 2017

Sunday, June 25
Attend Church at Local Churches

2:00 PM Pre-Conference Registration
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm Pre-Conference
4:00 PM Registration
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Welcome, Introductions, and Reception

Monday, June 26               

8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Opening Prayer
9:15 AM Welcome
9:30 AM Break Out Groups based on Ministry Context
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Opening Eucharist with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Town Hall with Bishop Curry
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM Rotation Sessions
5:30 PM Evening Worship
6:00 PM Break for Day
Provincial Dinners (optional)

Tuesday, June 27               

8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Worship
9:30 AM Workshops A
10:45 AM Workshops B
12:00 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Resourcing our Ministries
3:00 PM Cultivation Talks
4:30 PM Open Space
5:30 PM Worship
6:00 PM Break for Day
Random fun things night – with sign ups                            

Wednesday, June 28       

8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 Worship
9:10 Mental Health First Aid
10:00 AM Open Space
11:00 AM Final Announcements and Upcoming Events
11:30 AM Closing Worship and Commission
12:00 PM FIN

Sunday, June 25Attend Church at Local Churches 2:00 PM Pre-Conference Registration 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm Pre-Conference 4:00 PM Registration 6:00 PM Dinner 7:00 PM Welcome, Introductions, and Reception Monday, June 26                8:00 AM Breakfast 9...
March 14, 2017

Cultivate logoRegister now for the 2017 Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference, CULTIVATE: Resilient Hope, slated for June 25-28 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX (Diocese of Texas).

CULTIVATE: Resilient Hope is an Episcopal conference for leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. The focus will be on how leaders and mentors can cultivate resilient hope in the midst of everyday lives, the current events in our country, and in our communities.

“We hope this gathering will be a time when leaders who are new to this work as well as those who have longstanding roots in this ministry will meet and connect with one another in order to be nourished and nurtured in ministry with young adults,” explained the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Episcopal Church Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministry.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry will join conference participants on Monday to preach and discuss the importance of young adult and campus ministry.

Registration, housing information, and further details are available here.  Registration does not include transportation to and from the conference.  Registration deadline is June 5.  Subsidized rates are available for current students or Episcopal Service Corps members.

Pre-Conference

In addition to CULTIVATE: Resilient Hope, there will be a Pre-Conference on Sunday, June 25 from 2 pm to 6 pm. The Pre-Conference is geared toward those who are new to ministry (in the last three years) and those who want to explore some of the basics of doing ministry with young adults.

For more information contact Kelly or Valerie Harris, Formation Associate.

 

Register now for the 2017 Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference, CULTIVATE: Resilient Hope, slated for June 25-28 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX (Diocese of Texas). CULTIVATE: Resilient Hope is an Episcopal conference...
March 10, 2017

Cultivate LogoCULTIVATE: Resilient Hope (the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference) is an Episcopal conference for leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. Our time together will focus on how we, as leaders and mentors, can cultivate resilient hope in the midst of our everyday lives, the current events in our country and in our communities.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be with us on Monday to preach and discuss the importance of young adult and campus ministry. We hope this gathering will be a time when leaders who are new to this work as well as those who have longstanding roots in this ministry will meet and connect with one another in order to be nourished and nurtured in ministry with young adults.

Date and Location

June 25-28, 2017 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas

Program Notes

View the complete draft schedule here.

Sunday

  • PreConference – especially for those new to ministry in the last few years, but also for those wishing to renew and refresh their studies, and those who are always ready to learn from their peers.
  • Opening Banquet and Award Presentations

Monday

  • Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be with us for our Eucharist and for conversations throughout the day.
  • We have reserved Monday night as a night for Provinces to gather for dinner if they wish. (optional)

Tuesday and Wednesday

  • Time spent in workshops, discussion, learning from one another, Cultivation Talks (like TED Talks but we are cultivating our own ideas) and worship.

PreConference

We will be having a PreConference on Sunday from 2-6. This is geared toward those who are new to ministry (in the last 3 years) and those who want to explore some of the basics of doing ministry with young adults.

Registration

Online registration form: https://dfms.formstack.com/forms/yacm_registration2017

Registration includes hotel, programming, Sunday dinner, Monday and Tuesday breakfast and lunch, and Wednesday breakfast. Accommodations are provided at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Our meeting space will be at St. David’s Episcopal Church. It is about a 10 minute walk we will have shuttle vans to take you to the church in the morning and back to the hotel at the close of the day.

  • Single Room: 400.00
  • Double Room: 280.00
  • Commuter: 50.00 p/day

Current Student or Episcopal Service Corps Member (subsidized rate) – only shared accommodation is available at the subsidized rate:

  • Double Room: $200.00
  • Commuter: $40.00 p/day

For more questions, contact The Rev. Shannon Kelly, Officer for Campus & Young Adult Ministries, 212-716-6081, [email protected].

Registration deadline is: June 5, 2017.

CULTIVATE: Resilient Hope (the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference) is an Episcopal conference for leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. Our time together will focus on how we, as leaders and mentors,...
March 2, 2017

Applications are now accepted for grants to assist with young adults and campus ministries in the Episcopal Church.

Grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry (or ecumenical ministry with an Episcopal presence) in a diocese, congregation, or community college/tribal college/university campus that is currently engaging or seeking a new relationship with young adults on and off college campuses.

Grants are for the 2017-18 academic year.  A total of $128,000 is available for this cycle, with a total of $400,000 available this triennium.

Information, application guidelines and other important data are located here.

The application is available here.

Deadline for submitting grants is April 10 by 10 pm Eastern.

There are three categories of grants:

Leadership Grant: to establish a new, restore a dormant, or reenergize a current campus ministry. Grant will range from $20,000-$30,000 and can be used over a two-year period.

Campus Ministry Grants: to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative campus ministries or to enhance a current ministry. Grants will range from $3,000-$5,000.

Young Adult Ministry Grants: to provide seed money to assist in the start-up of new, innovative young adult ministries or to enhance a current ministry. Grants range from $3,000-$5,000.

Preference in selection will be given to projects that:

  • are collaborative and bring members of the community together.
  • bring new learning into a community.
  • prepare young adults for leadership and/or provide training for young adults.
  • reach those who are traditionally least likely to seek out a campus ministry or other Episcopal young adult ministry.
  • address the priorities of General Convention.
  • promote reconciliation, evangelism or environmental stewardship.

Ministers in charge of ministry grants are expected to attend any churchwide gatherings of campus or young adult ministers sponsored by the Episcopal Church during the term of the grant. The Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference is slated for June 25-28 in Austin, Texas.

For more information contact the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministry or Valerie Harris, Formation Associate.

Applications are now accepted for grants to assist with young adults and campus ministries in the Episcopal Church. Grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry (or ecumenical ministry with an Episcopal presence) in a diocese,...