Have you sensed that God may be calling you to ministry? 

Defining Moments offers a year-long experience which guides young people in discerning God's call, learning what ministry is all about, and practicing spiritual disciplines that nourish a life of faith.

The 2016-17 Defining Moments experience begins with a five-day residency at Emory & Henry College in the summer of 2016 where they will engage with Young Clergy Mentors, college and seminary faculty, and people serving God in a variety of ministry settings. The months to follow include continuing mentorship, practice, and online intentional community.

By creating a sacred space for participants to be in meaningful fellowship, passionate worship, theological reflection, and practical workshops, Defining Moments provides a nurturing environment led by Young Clergy Mentors to encourage continued discernment in seeking the type of ministry God’s call on their life is leading them to pursue and what faithful steps they can take in response.

Hear, Discern, and Respond to God’s Call.

Applications for the 2016-17 cohorts are now being accepted. Apply before June 30, 2016 to avoid a late registration fee.  

Space is limited. 


God's voice

RGV challenges high school juniors and seniors to remember the call they received at their baptism, to consider how God continues to call them, and whether that call might be to ordained ministry.

The 2016-17 Residency: 
July 18-22, 2016

Continued Mentorship:
July 2016-June 2017

call & covenant community

C3 leads young adults ages 18 though 25 as they explore how God's call brings together their passion, their gifts and their faith to create their vocation. They learn about the candidacy process and choosing a seminary.

The 2016-17 Residency: 
August 1-5, 2016

Continued Mentorship:
July 2016 - June 2017


partners on the journey

Partners on the Journey provides young clergy (through age 35) with the opportunity to actively nurture God's call in the lives of young people.  These leaders have been trained as mentors and are being given practical experience as they serve as small group mentors for the participants of RGV and C3.   

The 2016-17 cohort is forming now.


Emory & Henry College developed Defining Moments in partnership with the Holston Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and Conference Council on Youth Ministry in order to nurture young people who are discerning a call to ministry.  It is primarily funded through the GBHEM’s Young Clergy Initiative.  Defining Moments seeks to respond faithfully and effectively to The United Methodist Church’s focus on increasing the number of young adult clergy in our denomination by creating sacred space to challenge the most gifted and promising young people of our denomination to hear God’s call to the ordained ministry.

For more information, please contact Defining Moments director Mary K. Briggs at info@discernmycall.com.