It’s that time of year again when United Methodists from all across the middle Tennessee area gather at Brentwood UMC for Annual Conference. AC is a time for spectacular worship, connecting with old and new colleagues from across the state, hearing stories of God changing lives, celebrating vital ministries, and envisioning God’s work in the area for years to come.
One of the vital ministries that was celebrated is our very own Belmont Wesley Fellowship whose mission field is the 7,000 students and faculty and staff at Belmont University! There is excitement in the Annual Conference for our growth, visibility on Belmont’s campus, and work helping young adults offer Christ to a hurting world. There is so much excitement that we are planning on expanding Belmont Wesley’s ministry in January 2014 (More to come!)
On Monday afternoon, Morgan Stafford shared how his ministry with Project Transformation Tennessee led him to a call to ministry-his leadership in Belmont Wesley and mentoring has continued to shape that call. It was beautiful to see the ways that ministries in and around middle TN are shaping the lives of Christ followers.
I want every student who participates in Belmont Wesley to experience the ways that God’s grace changes lives!
Morgan’s call to ministry reminds me so much of my own-a young adult called to serve the world through the church for the sake of Jesus Christ. This particular Annual Conference was incredibly meaningful for me as I moved one step toward ordination (being set apart for full time ministry). Monday night, I was commissioned as a provisional elder in the United Methodist Church joined by family and those who have nurtured me as a young pastor. After the bishop prayed individually for me and my colleagues, he made an invitation heard by thousands!
He asked, ‘Are you experiencing a call to ministry?’ He asked for people to come to the altar and be blessed by him and others as they discern the way God is using their gifts for the sake of Jesus Christ. A college student, (a former Project Transformation intern) from Belmont UMC came forward to be at the altar with the bishop because she’s experiencing God’s call on her life. I could feel my tears welling up (probably from having pastored this young woman) and out of the deep joy of seeing young adults from middle TN experience the stirrings of the Holy Spirit.
I know the Spirit continues to work and that you or somebody you know will experience God’s call. I want to hear about it!