The Exploration Project

In 2014, Missouri United Methodist Church received a Young Clergy Initiative grant from The United Methodist Church to lead children, youth, and young adults to recognize, cultivate, and develop gifts and skills for future ministry, especially professional and ordained ministry.

The Exploration Project provides a church “learning laboratory” for young adults, ages 18-35 in a variety of ministry settings.  Please contact explorationproject@moumc.org for more information.

Applications and Curriculum are available here.

4 Tracks of The Exploration Project—which one is for you?

Student Intern

  • Undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a course which requires a “contextual” setting or practicum (like a nursing student working with older adults, a marketing student developing a media campaign, a psychology student providing supervised hours of counseling)
  • Placement at Missouri United Methodist Church and fulfillment of course requirements for credit
  • Learning/Serving Covenant made with course supervisor, church staff supervisor, and mentor
  • Potential stipend of $500/semester or $1000/full year

Gap Year Fellow

  • College-aged person who is in a "gap" time between education, career, or vocation who wants to explore and develop experiences and skills in church ministry
  • Learning/Serving Covenant made with setting supervisor and lay mentor
  • Potential stipend of $4,800/year

Pulpit Supply Fellow

  • Undergraduate or graduate student who wants to practice ministry as a vocation through worship leadership and preaching in rural congregations in the state of Missouri (in proximity to where they live)
  • Exploring, Inquiring, or Certified Candidate in the United Methodist Church
  • Learning/Serving Covenant made with setting supervisor and lay mentor
  • Potential stipend of $4,800/year

Partner Ministry Fellow

  • Undergraduate, graduate, or seminary student who wants to practice ministry as a vocation in a summer or annual placement in the church or a partner ministry setting such as mission placement or community ministry setting
  • Exploring, Inquiring, or Certified Candidate in the United Methodist Church.
  • Learning/Serving Covenant made with setting supervisor and lay mentor
  • Potential stipend of $4,800/year

Apply now!

“Jr. Pastor” of the Month (for grades 4-12)

The Exploration Project also develops “young leaders,” grades 4-12 through the “Jr Pastor” program and the “Make a Difference” grant. For more information about this exciting program contact Nancy Cooper, Director of Children and Family Ministries or Hank Jenkins, Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries, or check out the information available on the Children's Ministry page or the Junior and Senior High Ministry page!

Exploration Project Director: Rev. Kim Parker (parker@moumc.org)
Exploration Project Placement Director: Debbie Luchenbill (explorationproject@moumc.org)
Jr. Pastor Placement Directors: Rev. Hank Jenkins (hank@moumc.org) and Nancy Cooper (nancy@moumc.org)
Curriculum Writer: Susan Marner-Sides
 

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