Scholarships are available for commissioned provisional elders and deacons and lay people who want to participate in the 2015 Wesley Pilgrimage to England.
The pilgrimage, co-sponsored by Discipleship Ministries and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, will be July 13-23. Participants will learn, pray, and explore places where the Wesley brothers lived and served.
“The focus of the Wesley Pilgrimage is to form pilgrims as leaders who equip the congregations they serve to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” said Steve Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership at Discipleship Ministries, who will co-lead the experience.
Discipleship Ministries is looking for 12 commissioned provisional elders and deacons, and 12 lay persons who are Lay Servants, Lay Speakers, Certified Lay Ministers, Lay Leaders or Licensed Local Pastors to apply for places on the pilgrimage, Manskar said.
Their $2,195 tuition fee will be paid by Discipleship Ministries. Pilgrims will be responsible for their own travel expenses to and from England and a $350 nonrefundable registration fee.
The application deadline is Feb. 15. Scholarship recipients will be announced on Feb. 27.
Additional information, including a detailed agenda and scholarship application, is available online at www.gbod.org/wesleypilgrimage. For more information, contact Manskar by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (877) 899-2780, ext. 1765.
In addition to Manskar, the pilgrimage will be led by Dr. Paul Chilcote, Academic Dean & Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.
“We want to immerse United Methodist lay and clergy leaders in the Wesleyan way of missional leadership; the practices, spirituality and theology and some of the history that fills pilgrims with new passion for leading their congregations in the mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” he said. “Visiting the places where the Methodist movement developed has a huge impact on people.”
The nonrefundable deposit will enable the pilgrims to participate in the next Wesleyan Leadership Conference, tentatively scheduled for April 2016. The event will be a follow-up continuing education opportunity that will build upon the pilgrimage experience. It will also be a Wesley Pilgrimage reunion, Manskar said.
The mission of Discipleship Ministries is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit www.gbod.org, the Press Center at www.gbod.org/about/press-center or call the Communications Office at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 1726.