I’m so excited to formally announce a new year-long mentoring program called Kaleo!
Kaleo is a greek term meaning “to call”. This year I’ve been working with Memphis Theological Seminary and the Pastoral Development Ministry Team of the CPC to develop a way to help young people discern God’s call on their life. When I was 16 I felt God calling me. In those first few months, it was difficult to know how best to understand exactly what God was calling me for or to do. I was like so many young people in our churches today. They spend weeks during the summer at camps and conferences and feel God calling them but not sure what the next step is after they first hear that call. We want to help with those next steps.
Through a generous grant from the Fund for Theological Exploration, we are developing a year-long mentoring program for young people 16-19 years old to help them discern what God is calling them to do right now. We are calling it Kaleo! This program will be designed to help a young person discern a multitude of calls.
Are you feeling called to be a youth minister or pastor, Kaleo is for you! How about being a missionary, Kaleo is for you! Maybe you think God is calling you to be a teacher, lawyer, artist, counselor, Kaleo is for you! Maybe you’ve heard the call of God but haven’t yet figured out what God is calling you to do, Kaleo is for you too!
Beginning later this month (August 2016) through the end of September we will be accepting applications from young people who would like to be a part of Kaleo. We will also be taking applications from adults who feel called to be a mentor to a young person discerning their call. Kaleo will officially begin January 2017 and end December 2017. The program will consist of participants meeting regularly with their assigned mentors going through a mentoring curriculum developed by the Pastoral Development Ministry Team, coming to a 5-day immersion experience in Memphis, TN July 15-19 2017 and development of a project based on a participant’s specific call. If you would like to stay up to date about all things Kaleo go to http://memphisseminary.edu/kaleo/ and sign up for our email list. Please share this and let folks know about Kaleo. If you have specific questions about Kaleo feel free to send me an email at email@example.com.