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R-MC to Offer Leadership in Ministry Boot Camp

Dec 28, 2016


Old ChapelRandolph-Macon College announces The Leadership in Ministry Boot Camp experience for R-MC students who have a call to Christian ministry.

Thanks to a generous $50,000 NetVUE Program Development Grant supported by the Council of Independent Colleges and Lilly Endowment, Inc., R-MC has partnered with Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Duke Divinity School, and Wesley Theological Seminary to create this vocational development experience for students. The NetVUE Program Development Grant's purpose is to deepen the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students.

Workshops, Exploration, Partnerships
The program, which begins in fall 2017, spans four semesters and will offer practical skills in ministry beyond what students find in an undergraduate classroom setting.

The first semester will feature an off-campus conference led by R-MC's The Edge Career Center staff along with area church leaders to address professional skills needed as students enter ministry. Topics addressed will vary from basic interview skills to understanding theological questions often addressed in the ordination process. Ethics, policies, and leadership expectations unique to ministry settings will all be explored.

The following three semesters will each feature a visit to a partner seminary. These travel experiences will allow R-MC pre-ministerial students to be a part of the classroom and campus culture unique to each partner school—all of which excel in preparing students for ministry in challenging times. Three faculty members will each present a workshop, allowing the R-MC students an opportunity to glimpse each theology school's classroom experience. Lecture topics will build skills and knowledge, exploring topics such as the basics of pastoral caregiving, the theology of evangelism, and communication strategies for church leaders.

"This is an exciting opportunity for bright, committed college students to gain skills and knowledge and catch a glimpse of what is ahead in their own work and study," says R-MC Chaplain Kendra Grimes. "Our pre-ministerial program is made up of a diverse group, but the common denominator is that they all sense a call to ministry. Some students have been awarded the A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Scholarship, while others have been chosen to receive a pre-ministerial grant. Still others participate because they are interested in a peer group as they consider their next steps after college." Any student regularly participating in the pre-ministerial program can apply to participate in the Leadership in Ministry Boot Camp.

Creative Learning Opportunities
"We envision The Leadership in Ministry Boot Camp program to continue to grow even after the two-year grant is complete," says Grimes. "By working on a four-semester model, every R-MC pre-ministerial student will have the opportunity to attend the off-campus conference and to visit each partner seminary twice. Randolph-Macon College has historically been known for its commitment to educating United Methodist ministers in Virginia. Our commitment continues as we look ahead, offering significant financial aid and creative learning opportunities for young Christian leaders of many denominations."