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National event allows youth to explore God's call to ministry

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Date 06 Oct 1998 14:06:55

Oct. 6, 1998	Contact: Linda Green*(615)742-5470*Nashville, Tenn.

By United Methodist News Service

Youth and young adults will have an opportunity to enrich their
relationship with God and discern whether they are being called to
ordained ministry at a national churchwide event set for Nov. 13-15 in
Los Angeles.

The three-day Exploration '98 event is designed to challenge up to 800
young people, ranging from high school juniors to 24-year-olds, to
explore their gifts for ordained ministry as deacons and elders in the
United Methodist Church.  The event will be held at the Los Angeles
Airport Hilton and Towers. 

The Exploration event is a biennial convocation sponsored by the
churchwide Board of Higher Education and Ministry to help young people
learn to hear and respond to God's call to a church vocation.

Under the theme, "Light the Fire. . .God's Call to the Ordained
Ministry," the ministry of word, sacrament, order and service will be
examined by leaders in the church, in theology and in biblical study.
The event also will explore ministerial challenges in the next

For more information, contact the Division of Ordained Ministry, United
Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, online at:; by mail: P.O. Box 871, Nashville,
TN 37202-0871; phone: (615) 340-7397; or fax: (615) 340-7395. 

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