Young people seeking to serve in ministry need strong foundations to help them thrive. The journey toward ministry can be difficult. World Methodist Evangelism works to provide firm foundations for young adults as they begin their path of service to the Kingdom of God even when difficulties arise.
A recent incident reminded me of the importance of strong foundations. In the last few months we have had quite a bit of rain at our house. So much so, that the road near our home had to be closed because the foundation underneath the pavement washed out. These rains did not all fall in one big storm. Rather, they fell a few inches at a time, over a period of weeks. When one particularly heavy storm hit, the foundation of the road washed away leaving only a thin layer of asphalt above. Though the road appeared safe and stable on the surface, the lack of support underneath would have led to disaster for anyone who tried to travel down it. The local authorities closed the road and rebuilt it to assure safe passage once again.
As young leaders discern God’s call and begin their ministry, they can face numerous challenges as they navigate the responsibilities of school, work, and home. These challenges seldom come in one big storm, rather they seem to come in several, smaller storms over a long period of time. If young leaders—even the most vibrant and dynamic ones—are not given the best tools early on, they can find that though the road appears safe and secure, it has been undermined and will be dangerous to them and those with whom they travel.
With this in mind, WME is launching The Residency in Mission (RIM). RIM is an immersive mission and evangelism experience designed for young adults who are called to serve beyond their home country in partnership with ministries in the Methodist Wesleyan family. RIM is a 9-12 month commitment that includes guided mentorship from mission and evangelism leadership experts. RIM also provides opportunities for host ministries to strengthen the work in their local contexts, while offering Residents an environment in which to grow in their ministry service.
The creation of the RIM grew out of WME’s commitment to cultivating dynamic, young leaders who are committed to the wholeness of the Christian message, integrity in evangelistic practices, and reconciliation in relationships. The next deadline for RIM applications is 31 October. Residents in Mission must have completed high school or the equivalent. Current or future university and/or seminary students are welcome to apply. The Resident in Mission should be a citizen or resident of Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States.