Do you see a call to ministry in someone you know? Finding ways to nurture that call can happen in simple conversations that dig just a little bit deeper. Building opportunities to speak about calling with children, youth and adults is an integral part of supporting the work that God is doing in their lives.

Check out 50 Ways to Cultivate a Culture of Call.


Resources for nurturing a culture of call in your congregation

Young adults and others discerning a call

  • A latte only costs about $3, but 5 Cups of Coffee with someone called to ministry can be way more valuable than that.
  • Encourage those called to ministry to take a Spiritual Gifts Assessment to find out more about how they can plug into the Body of Christ.
  • Identifying spiritual gifts (video)
  • The importance of mentors (video)
  • Encourage discerning young adults to attend Exploration.


  • Use your children’s message time wisely by teaching kids what it means to be God’s special helper.
  • Spend a whole week learning about how God has called certain people in the Bible, and how God continues to call us today, with Mission: Called VBS or Called: One Word Many Ways. Both curriculums can be easily modified for a youth retreat!
  • Read "The Treasure Tree" to children to help them learn more about their personalities.
  • Outfit your Sunday school rooms with Echo flashcards and booklets to teach basic theology to children and youth.
  • Helping kids discern a call (video)

Worship and ministry


Guidance for nurturing call

Do you want to hear more about nurturing your call in the Great Plains? Hear some stories from the Great Plains UMC.

Equipping for Call

While all Christians are called to serve in ministry, some are called to a specific type of ministry within the United Methodist Church. Those who feel called to vocational ministry may explore the clergy roles of deacons, elders, and licensed local pastors. In the UMC, candidates for ministry explore their call through conversations with their pastors, district superintendent, and ultimately, by attending a Candidacy Summit.

Additional resources include 5 Cups of Coffee discussion starters, CALLED Bible study and Call Sunday.

Are you a member of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and considering seminary or Course of Study? Contact Kathy Crozier about the Board of Ordained Ministry Scholarships.