Culture of Call Event & Timothy Circle Connections

Guest post by Jen Burch of United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Promising young athletes are connected with key coaches, sought out and recruited to excellent teams and sports programs. Promising young scholars’ test scores are shared with top universities, building a pipeline toward future academic success. Who’s responsible for recognizing, “coaching,” and developing promising young disciples of Jesus Christ? What are the key opportunities that will nurture their gifts and build their skills and networks? Could we more intentionally build faithful young Christian leaders through whom God will transform the world? Could…continue reading →

New Board Members for the Institute for Discipleship

Four new members have been added to the Institute board. Susan Fuquay and JoAnn and Stephen Hoskins now fill the spaces vacated by Alan Ebright and Greg Thompson, who have each completed their ten-year terms on the IFD board and now relate to the board as Emeritus Members. Kim Moore replaces Cynthia Rios as the representative on the board from the Southwestern College board of trustees. Susan Fuquay Susan Fuquay is the director of program ministries at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis, IN. Prior to this, she has been on staff of United Methodist churches…continue reading →

Summit Youth Academy at Southwestern College deepens faith and broadens perspectives of youth

For seven days at the end of July, 36 rising high school juniors and seniors from around Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and as far away as Mexico attended the Summit Youth Academy on the campus of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. The Summit, which was designed by the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship and others at the college, focused on helping young people hear God through practicing spiritual disciplines, understanding the Wesleyan faith, learning missional approaches to poverty, and discerning a vocational call. “When we arrived on Sunday afternoon, none of us…continue reading →

Timothy Circle receives grant from General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

The Institute for Discipleship was recently awarded a Young Clergy Initiative (YCI) grant from the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM). The Institute will use this grant to hire several part-time staff members to expand the reach of the Timothy Circle.  These staff members will each have a focus area and will make connections with mentors, young people, churches, and ministry organizations across regional and denominational boundaries. Read more about YCI grants and this year's recipients.continue reading →