The discernment partners are caring Christian adults who will guide the selected youth through the Called & Sent process for the development of youth Christian leaders and future clergy.
As a discernment partner you are the backbone of what makes Called & Sent work. You will be building a mentor relationship with your youth partner, helping them chose the optional experiences that best fits their particular life call, and helping them focus on getting the most out of each experience throughout the year. You will support your youth partner and be involved in various experiences with them (example – their spiritual leadership project in their local church and at least two of the Called & Sent retreats). A full description of the discernment partner’s duties and qualifications is available . Webinar training will be your first step as a discernment partner. This webinar will give a detailed description of ways to fulfill your duties in this role and show you how to get the resources and support that you will need as you are working with your youth partner.
Discernment Partners Training
- This check list will give you a better understanding of the specific things you will need to do over the next year. Listed beside each responsibility is the date(s) that they are due.
We will be using this form to plan out what the participants year is going to look like. Click here to see an example of a completed form. The youth participant may already have some ideas and things planned that will go on this form. We will be officially filling them out during our time together at Annual Conference in June.
- The youth participants are responsible for completing a spiritual leadership project during their year. This form will help you, help them in planning for that project. Click here to download a Word version of this template
Four times during this year, we would like you to update the Called & Sent leadership team on the progress of your youth participant. Use this template to help review the previous three months and look forward to the next three months. You will submit these updates to the leadership team by email them to Jessica.Gamache@wpaumc.org
Called and Sent Training Video