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Young Adult Ministry

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“If we are genuinely concerned about engaging young people, particularly those that are vulnerable or at risk, we must listen to them properly.”

-Libby Brooks

Welcome

What is Young Adult Ministry?  Bringing the love of Jesus Christ to traditional college students, working young adults, post-college age young professionals, and young families.  This page offers resources for local churches, internship opportunities for young adults and information on our 8 Wesley Campus Ministries.  Visit here often for new resources and information.  Also, click on the Young Adult Toolbox at left.

MI1 Young Adult Program

The MI1 program is a one year experience for young adults between 18 and 28 years old designed to be mutually transformative for the young people involved, the communities in which they'll live, and the organizations they'll serve with. 

Placements are made to foster meaningful outreach. Participants are matched with organizations based on education, interests, experience, and desire. 

Young adults are provided a monthly stipend to cover living expenses, as well as free housing, utilities, healthcare, and assistance with student loan deferment. Participants also receive paid vacation and sick days. 

The MI1 program allows young adults the chance to build their resumes and provides a fulfilling gap-year experience before grad school, seminary, or a career. Intentional community living with other young adults also provides an opportunity to make connects with peers who share their values. Young adults will be welcomed into their new city and local community, helping them to expand their horizons and view the world for new perspectives all while they do meaningful work that focuses on social justice. 

Unlike the US2 program, the MI1 program lasts only one year, and participants are placed within the state of Michigan. In order to be a MI1 participant, young adults are expected to:

  • Complete application (linked below)
  • Complete program interview and placement site interview 
  • Participate in all expected and relevant meetings, i.e. staff meetings, team meetings
  • Establish a regular meeting schedule with the site supervisor and be fully engaged
  • Ask questions and seek clarity regarding workplace expectations, i.e. cell phone use, scheduling time off, calendaring, appropriate dress code
  • Participate in all programmatic retreats and trainings
  • Quarterly check-ins with site supervisor and program director for assessment
  • Meet monthly with assigned mentor
  • Fully engaged with intentional community living

Interested in becoming an MI1? Apply by March 1st for early placement or by May 1st at the latest. 

Growing Young REACH Network 

Does the term 'growing young' catch your attention? Are you a lay leader or a pastor in a church who has a desire to reach young people? Come join us for this all new, interactive experience focused on growing your church young. You'll learn how to make systematic changes that will allow your congregation to reach, welcome, and be in ministry with youth and young adults. 

REACH will hold nine monthly meetings, from January to November 2021 (skipping July and August). 

Dates and Times will be decided based on participant availability. 

Each session will include a time for spiritual formation, engagement with material or guest presenter, breakout groups, and interactive learning. 

$75 to join,  each participant will need to purchase the book Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies To Help Young  People Discover and Love Your Church. 

For more information about the REACH network, please visit our page here, or email Lisa Batten at lbatten@michiganumc.org.

Growing Young
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“Creating the balance between Intellectual and Physical Labor in leadership.”

The goal of LatinxT is to provide online workshops, presentations, and resources. These services center around leadership that focuses on healing, mental and spiritual health, non-capitalistic professions/careers/hobbies.  They aim to foster an overall state of understanding that doesn’t reinforce our value in the world to be calculated by our physical/manual labor and sacrificing of our Latinx identity/culture/perspective.

 

Upcoming Events 

  • Micah Intensive: 'Doing Justice: Disabilities to Differences' by The Fuller Institution: Mondays @ 6 pm. Click here to register. 

 

 

Important Dates

  • Global Mission Fellow Program Applications Available Now
  • Mission Intern Site Applications Available January 5th, 2021
  • Mission Intern Applications Available March 15th, 2021
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