John 15 has been very heavy on my heart the past few weeks. I found out that this is the scripture that we will be using at the summer camp where I will be working and since then I have fallen in love with this chapter in the Bible. John 15 talks a lot about how to love, and how Jesus is the vine, we are the branches, and God is the vinedresser. The chapter goes on to say “apart from me you can do nothing” (vs. 5).
So often in the busyness of college, work, and everything else I have going on in my life I forget these words. I forget that I am only called to be a branch. That it is not my job to control everything or figure out a plan for my life or my friends lives. I am called to be a branch. I am called to abide in Christ and to be mindful ...
Imagine what could happen if this generation of college students were equipped, connected and sent forth to creatively and faithfully change the world! The United Methodist Student Movement is a grassroots movement of Methodist-affiliated college students that seeks to do just that. Grounded in a long tradition of developing leaders for the church and the world, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and centered in Christ, UMSM connects students with peers around the world, mentors in their communities and the resources of our global church for the sake of God’s dream for the world.
Why a movement like this, now? It’s who we are. Methodism started as a movement seeking to grow in personal (inward) and social (outward) holiness. Our very nature involves connecting, in small groups and with brothers and sisters around the world. As college students, we need to create and belong to something that demands something of us, that is bigger than ourselves or our individual schools, that uses all of our gifts and talents. And the world needs us – our prayers, our passion, our talent, our unity.
UMSM is partnering with Annual Conferences, UMC general agencies, and college ministries to provide resources, gatherings, and connections for students. Resources are designed around two annual UMSM priorities, one area of personal holiness and one of social holiness. You can use any or all of the resources to join in collective prayer and discernment, action, and reflection with the movement. Check them out here!
UMSM will gather every other year (beginning in 2012) at the NEXT conference. NEXT 2014 will be held in Denver, November 7-9. On years in between, UMSM will be part of Exploration, the biennial event for students exploring ministry as a career. We also encourage you to host a UMSM gathering in your annual conference or region! For event planning and marketing ideas, contact the UM Collegiate Ministries office.
Support for these endeavors is available through the Collegiate Ministries office of the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry. Check out the website for some of these resources and ways to be engaged. Get involved! Make a difference! You are the new generation of Christian leaders for the church and for the world.
Appalachia Service Project is currently the largest emergency home repair ministry serving Central Appalachia. We serve some of the poorest families in Appalachia in eastern Kentucky, western North Carolina, northeast Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and southern West Virginia. Each year, ASP facilitates approximately 16,000 volunteers from across the country in repairing the homes of 550 low-income families.
Sierra Service Project is a non-profit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service repairing Native American homes. We invited high school age youth and young adults to experience the profound power of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from their own.
Birchwood Camp in Chugiak, Alaska, offers a summer mission opportunity for its 5 week summer camp season. Opportunities for service include as a counselor or cook’s helper. Participants are part of a caring Christian community and are part of a vital ministry serving campers from all over the state.
Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) is a mission organization supported by the General Board of Global Ministries and is located in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. ARM coordinates home repair efforts and hosts day camps with local children in poverty-stricken areas in Alabama. They are currently seeking college students interested in being a part of their summer staff.
The Epworth League is a Methodist association for young adults, aged 18 to 35. It consists of both a global organization as well as local church based chapters. This global organization provides support and services to churches and individuals trying to start or grow young adult ministry programs within their church. Also check out the web site for differnet mission opportunities.
Project Transformation engages young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, supports underserved children and families, and connects churches to communities in need. Children – College-age young adults – Churches. This is a win-win-win formula, but relationships are at the heart of everything we do. It is through relationships that lives are transformed.
The Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) is a general church initiative of The United Methodist Church that works to raise awareness and equip church leaders to effectively respond to alcohol, chemical abuse and dependency and related violence. SPSARV prepares clergy, lay leaders and church professionals to be informed and compassionate responders to the needs of individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction.
Church World Service was born in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. A number of groups, faith-based organizations and businesses, came together to form an agency "to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone." CWS works include eradicating hunger, emergency response, assisting refugees and internally displaced persons, and much more. CWS is active in more than 30 countries globally.
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Scheduled for Nov. 9-11, 2012, in St. Louis, Mo., the new event is organized by a launch team of college students, campus ministers, chaplains, and young adult clergy and laity from across the United Methodist connection, and sponsored by the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
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