Have you felt God 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 Defining Moments experience begins with a five-day residency at Emory & Henry College in the summer where you 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.



Our High School Experience 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 2017-18 Residency: 
July 17-21, 2017



Our Young Adults Experience 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 2017-18 Residency: 
July 31-August 4, 2017



Our Young Clergy Experience 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 the High School and Young Adult Experiences. 

The 2017-18 cohort is forming now.

Ready to take the plunge?

If you believe that we can help you take the next steps in pursuing God's call for your life, simply click the button below to let us know a little bit more about you. We are excited to get to know you, so we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Do you know a young person that seems like a perfect fit for one of our programs?  

Discerning one's call to ministry is not done in a vacuum. Our faith communities often open doors for us that enable us to explore new depths in our faith journey. If you would like to provide just such an opportunity for someone in your life, simply click the button below to provide us with more information about that person.


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.