A discernment is an opportunity to explore a sense of call to lay ministry in a retreat-like setting with a group of fellow discerners. Participants explore the meaning of call while learning about the Deaconess and Home Missioner relationship. It is a great way to learn more about the call to lay ministry and if the Deaconess or Home Missioner relationship is right for you.
Interested in attending a discernment event? Please fill out the form below so that the administrative staff of the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner may be in touch with you regarding upcoming discernment events.
Upcoming Discernment Events:
The following discernment events are scheduled in conjunction with United Methodist Women Leadership Development Days. Additional mini-discernment events (one day events scheduled in local settings) are available upon request.
Tempe, November 18-20, 2016
DISCERNMENT APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 1, 2016
Charlotte, January 27-29, 2017
DISCERNMENT APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 16, 2016
Eligibility to participate in a discernment event is based on membership in The United Methodist Church and engagement in discerning a call to lay ministry. Membership is defined as having a relationship with an Annual Conference in the United States.