UMFA Partners with Hendrix College to Initiate The Center for Calling and Christian Leadership
The Center for Calling and Christian Leadership at Hendrix College recently received a $137,500 grant from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas to create a strategic focus in cultivating the culture of God’s calling in the lives of young people for lay and clergy leadership in the Arkansas Conference. The Center will be a part of the Hendrix Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling.
“We are excited to partner in this new venture that expands the excellent work already being done by the Youth Institute and Clergy Institute,” said Rev. Mackey Yokem, UMFA grants administrator. “The Center for Calling and Christian Leadership will help young people answer their call by equipping, resourcing and sustaining their vocation.”
Through shadowing, worship leadership, orientation to ministry, spiritual formation, peer support, internships and service-learning, the staff of the Center will mentor young persons from the beginnings of a call until it is brought to completion in leadership in the church. After identifying gifts for pastoral and lay leadership from age 12 through adulthood, the Center will recruit and enlist youth and young adults in programs that deepen a sense of God’s purpose in their lives. The UMFA grant will fund a director for the Center, trips to seminaries, events, and additional program support.
“The Center will help young leaders identify which role of ministry best fits a sense of personal identity, passions for making disciples and creating social change, and meets both natural proclivities, and growing edges,” said Rev. J.J. Whitney, Hendrix College chaplain.
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $165 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and United Methodist ministries. UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, the Foundation is responsible for over 800 funds that support United Methodist ministries.