The Rev. Erin Warde on Parish Fellowship Advantages

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MyMinistry.org (@myministryorg) is hosting live Twitter Chats (#myssw) along side Seminary of the Southwest (@myssw). We invite you to join the conversation on Episcopal (@episcopalchurch) Campus Ministries and Young Adult Ministries with special guest the Rev. Erin Warde (@therevej) Wednesday, 6/12/2013 @11:00AM CT, hashtag #myssw

A word from Erin Warde, the Episcopal Campus Missioner for Baylor University and Seminary of the Southwest alum. Her ministry at the Episcopal Student Center (@ESCWACO) in Waco, TX is young and fresh, reaching out to those students who are, " deeply passionate, seeking to find where God is moving, wondering how they can do the work of the kingdom of God." -Erin Warde

I think the advantages to doing a fellowship year in a parish are significant.  I have a unique story, as one who quickly transitioned into both being an Episcopalian, and being a postulant for Holy Orders.  Now I serve as a priest in Waco, TX, working half time in parish ministry and half time as the campus missioner to the Episcopal Student Center at Baylor.

Fellowship opportunities invite students into an experience that I didn’t have.  Aside from the ministry done in discernment, most of my hands-on ministry training happened within seminary, and as a deacon/priest.  I think being an intern in a church can offer Episcopalians discerning a call to either lay or ordained ministry a loving, willing community that will challenge them to embrace a life of ministry and be a comfort to them during their spiritual formation.  

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Ministry Among Millenials, Clarifying Communications - By Jason Evans

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ENS original blog post on May 17th, 2013.

The second in a three article series from EDOW's Jason Evans (@jasonevans), "Ministry Among Millenials" explores ways for the church to communicate effectively with the Millenial Generation, MyMinistry.org's primary target group. It's time to fill our ministries with young leaders for tomorrow. The Parish Fellowship Program will build up the church's future with young adults showing potential for leadership positions.

The Gospel, or Good News of God, is all about communication. In “The Baptismal Covenant” in The Book of Common Prayer we read the following:

Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People: I will, with God’s help.

In our worship, we declare the good news of what God has done in the world through Jesus Christ. We communicate this Gospel in more than words. Through sights, sounds, and smells we communicate God’s redeeming work in the world. Indeed, The Book of Common Prayer is itself a testament to the Episcopal Church’s historic intent on making interaction with the Good News as widely accessible as possible.

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Give me a year...

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Deciphering God’s call seems to be a vital key in finding happiness and purpose in our life’s journey. Decisions like applying for a masters program or starting a new career can be daunting and create uncertainty in your interpretation of God’s will for you.  How do you know if the new opportunities presented to you are the right “fit” for your life and if it will get you closer to your goals and dreams? It all appears to be so risky, but often calls for a quick decision. One would think a therapeutic amount of time would be allotted to make such life-altering decisions… 

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Episcopal Young Adult Ministries

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The largest scope of young adult Episcopalians can identify with this ministry:

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/young-adultcampus-ministries

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