Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: No
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: Yes (Timothy Circle series)
This course is for people connected to Christian camping ministries.
There are so many things to manage as a camp – facilities, programming, staff, finances. Make your work a little easier with a course that equips you with what you need to help young people hear and follow their call even after they leave your camp!
Many children, youth, and young adults first hear God’s call while at a camp or retreat. But not all of these young people have the support they need to follow that call.
God has called YOU to help, and this course shows you how.
By the end of the course, you’ll have gained tools in three critical areas: You’ll have made connections with churches and campus ministries near you to more effectively work together (and help them appreciate the spiritual work camps do with young Christians). You’ll have learned additional creative ways of bringing conversations around Call into your usual camp programming from those at other Christian camps. And you’ll be better at using both Biblical calls and your own call as examples when working with young people.
You’ll also have gained access to resources and a continually-growing network of colleagues, helping you continue to provide sacred spaces for young people on their call journey – even after they’ve attended your camp.
There will be two optional video chats in this course (evening times), and may include members of the campus ministries course. We plan to hold these meetings at 9:30 PM EST during a weeknight to help those in other time zones but will do an initial poll to establish availability.
This course is also an excellent opportunity to get your professional development in! This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Timothy Circle
This class is a part of the Timothy Circle. The Timothy Circle is a sister program of BeADisciple and is focused on helping connect young people with opportunities that will further their understanding of their call. You can learn more about the Timothy Circle on the Institute for Discipleship website or by watching the video below:
About the Instructor
Teryl Cartwright is a teacher and writer. She is excited to be a Culture of the Call Coordinator, teaching three very different “Helping Young People Hear God” modules for Churches, Camping, and Campus Ministries and the Mentoring Young People in Faith course, all part of the Timothy Circle initiative at the Institute for Discipleship. Teryl has interviewed over 50 people including bishops, conference leaders, local church pastors, authors, camping directors and campus ministers to bring the most complete and diverse thinking to Culture of the Call and Mentoring courses.
She recently earned her Discipleship Coaching certificate and will start serving a term on the Susquehanna Conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry in June, 2020. She has an M.A. in Critical and Creative Thinking, and B.S. in Education. For ten years she worked as a freelance curriculum writer for Group Publishing and then served as Director of Adult Ministries in a thousand member church for seven years. She has taught various other online courses including “Conference Call,” a personalized “design as you go” curriculum offered by the Susquehanna Conference E& I Committee for those attending a “God’s Calling” workshop on discernment. She loves the “iron sharpening iron” opportunities to learn from her course participants.
She is a member of Spry Church (UMC) in York, PA. Her teaching is based on reflection, discussion, and activity-based learning. She feels blessed to have piloted several unique Bible studies within the local church on bioethics, humor, creativity, and service learning. Some of her hobbies include origami, game creation, pottery throwing (making bowls not breaking them), and Christian fiction writing. An advocate of lifelong learning, she thinks the best part is seeing the wonders God reveals daily!