The Experience

The launch of each new class of participants will begins at the Annual Conference Gathering with a time of recognition and celebration. Then throughout the next 12 months, each participant will be completing various leadership experiences. Some are mandatory and others can be adapted to fit the calling that God has placed on your heart.

Mandatory Experiences:

  1. Called & Sent Retreats/Times together
    • Day at Annual Conference - June 13th Grove City College
    • Discipleship Retreat – October 16-18, 2015 at Wesley Woods in Grand Valley, PA
    • SPARK – January 2016 at Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburg, PA
    • Discernment Retreat – April 1 – 3, 2016 at Jumonville in Hopwood, PA
  2. Complete a spiritual leadership project
    • This project is a way for the participant to get involved in and give back to their local church and community. The project, its details, and how it is executed is entirely up to the participant. This project is a way to use the gifts that God has given you to make a different. The discernment partner will help guide the project and give accountability to the participant.
    • Here are some examples of possible spiritual leadership projects 

Additional Experiences:

  1. Leadership Growth experience
    • Each year there is a slate of experiences that you can choose from which will give you the opportunity to utilize and grow your leadership skills. These experiences include, but are not limited to
      • A week of summer camp at Jumonville, Wesley Woods, or Camp Allegheny
      • Uth 4 Missions
      • Mission U
    • Here are the slate options for this year 
  2. Church Connection experience
    • Each year there is a slate of experiences that you can choose from which will give you the opportunity to participate in the larger Church connection that impacts the world beyond Western Pennsylvania. These experiences include, but are not limited to
      • UM Youth Gatherings
      • ZIM Camp in Zimbabwe
      • Mission of Peace

Here are the slate options for this year