PROJECT CONNECT offers programs of “vocational discernment” for people age 18 to 30, equipping them with a deeper understanding of themselves, the church and the world, and enabling many young adults to discern a call to public ministry in the church.
A network of Project Connect partners puts together vocational discernment opportunities, including the Metro D.C. Synod. With a multi-year grant from Project Connect, our synod offers:
- Internships- Three- to four-week experiences with a pastor-mentor to explore vocation in a congregational context and test a call to pastoral ministry;
- Regular gatherings of young adults- Get togethers where questions about public ministry are welcome;
- Discernment retreats – Hosted events provide Spirit-filled reflection times, including small group conversations and “call stories” from leaders;
- Service learning discernment retreats- Participants from several regions, including the Metro D.C. Synod, engage at host sites such as N Street Village, the Tubman Shelter and Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area in faith exploration and reflection along with roll-up-your-sleeves activity;
- Immersions – Similar to internships, longer-term summer or academic year sites and participants work together;
- Annual gathering of pre-seminary young adults- One of the seminaries of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries (Gettysburg, Philadelphia and Southern) give young adults a flavor of the setting; and
- Ongoing, regular communication – for all in the Project Connect network.
Interested? Review this full flyer of synod Project Connect activity (pdf file). The synod’s Project Connect Leadership team would be glad to talk with you personally.
The Rev. Thomas Kenea – thomaskeneagmail.com
The Rev. Meredith Keseley – pastorkeseleyme.com
The Rev. Mark Olsen – pastormarkolsengmail.com
The Rev. Ray Ranker – rayrankergmail.com
The Rev. Amy Thompson Sevimli – asevimlimetrodcelca.org