We’re engaging with those eager to discover the unique ways they’ve been called and gifted to live and serve in the world.
Purposes for Our Lives
Purposes for Our Lives
Our church is committed to developing Christian leaders who will transform the world God loves. Some will combat disease by developing innovations to improve global health. Some will serve congregations as clergy. Others will pursue justice for the oppressed. Vocation is that thing that you were designed to do, and we want to help you discover yours.
"In so many ways, I have my dream job," says Melissa Crutchfield, who works with the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Crutchfield travels the world responding to natural and human-made disasters, developing long-term partners in affected communities. She explains, "Growing up in a United Methodist family, with the values around helping people, and sort of mission-minded work, it's very prophetic I think in a lot of ways that I ended up here."
When Rev. Keith Kaufold, pastor at Eighth Avenue Place outside Pittsburgh city limits, connects with folks in his community who are addicts or in recovery, he knows what they're facing. Kaufold, who battled his own addiction to drugs and alcohol that eventually escalated into heroin addiction, asserts, "God will turn your misery into your ministry."
We'd love to partner with you as you think about the ways you've been uniquely gifted to serve the world. Whether you're an entrepreneur with a bold new idea that will change the world or you're maybe sort-of kind-of thinking about what it would be like to serve the church, we'd love to help you figure out where you're headed. At Explore Calling, that's what we're doing. We're offering opportunities for you to discover what you're made for.
"There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls."
Lowery: I Wish I Had Reached Out for Help
He played professional soccer. He taught high school. He managed a surf shop. Then went back to school so he could serve the church. That was Trip Lowery's unusual vocational path. We think that discerning your journey matters, no matter where you land. (And it's just gravy if you get to work in a surf shop along the way.)
We're creating opportunities — like Lion & Lamb Festival — for people to look within, to discover what makes their hearts stir with passion, and connect to their life's purpose.
We're providing access to the kind of education that equips learners to do that thing they were designed to do.
We believe in creating spaces like Explore Calling where people can flourish and come alive as they discover ways to live out their vocation.
If you're eager to discern your own vocation, we hope you'll join us.
We think every person has been designed to participate fully in the kingdom Jesus ushered in. Some folks will be doctors. Some teachers. Some pastors. And some will run surf shops. We're here to help you discern and embrace your unique vocation.
BECAUSE THAT'S CHURCH.