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					                   Tomorrow’s Leaders Today                                                                   Higher Education and
                                                                                                              Leadership Ministries
                                                                                                             of the Christian Church
                   The good news from HELM and                                                                 (Disciples of Christ)
                   higher education institutions of the                                           
                   Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)                                                         314-991-3000
Produced by Higher Education and Leadership Ministries                                                                  November 2006

Leadership Fellows study putting faith into action
     All Disciples are called to be min-             theological roots for his organiza-        call to minister for those in lands
isters, to live lives that are examples of           tion’s mission of providing drinking       devastated by war, famine, or other
Christ’s call to love and care for each              water to immigrants crossing the           disasters and how that has led her to
other.                                               treacherous deserts of the American        the Balkans and Sudan as parts of her
     As young Disciples discern their                Southwest. Hoover also pastors First       ministry.
vocation, however, often they are pushed             Christian Church of Tucson, Arizona.
in other directions, away from their                                                        •   Anthony Flynn, Operations Pastor
passions and toward lucrative or more            •   Amy Gopp, Associate Director of            and Executive Director of the Power
practical careers. Or ordained ministry              Week of Compassion, explained her                          See FELLOWS, page 2
isn’t a practical option.
     Finding a middle ground — a place
where Christ’s call and a career can live
together — was the focus of this year’s
HELM Leadership Fellows Confer-
ence. Seventeen undergraduate students
gathered for a crisp fall weekend at the
Tall Oaks Camp and Conference Center
outside Kansas City to examine how to
do ministry beyond the pulpit.
     The Leadership Fellows Program
nurtures college students who have
expressed the desire to lead in their
congregations and their church, whether
that is a minister or a lay leader. During
this conference, students met four people
who know how to do ministry without
being behind a pulpit:
•   Robin Hoover, the founder of Humane
    Borders, explained the Biblical and                                               The 2006-2007 HELM Leadership Fellows

Running the extra mile
           Hiram student adds co-chair of national student ministry group to growing list of service
      Catching up with Trayce Stewart is tough, and not just    students around the New Year holiday. New Orleans will host
because she competes on Hiram College’s track team.             Celebrate ‘06, which is expected to send 1,100 students into
      In addition to student teaching four days a week and car- mission fields as well as worship, fellowship, and reflection.
rying a full load of classes, Trayce is involved in campus           (See Celebrate06 for more informa-
ministries at Hiram and serves on the Student Ecumeni-               tion.)
cal Partnership’s Leadership Team.                                        When Celebrate ends, Trayce’s year-long term as
      In October, Stewart added another task to her to-do            co-chair begins. Her first assignment will be to represent
list: She will serve as the student co-chair of the Council          CESCM at the National Council of Church’s meeting
for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministries (CESCM)                  in Orlando January 7-9. CESCM will meet again in the
through 2007. CESCM is an association of seven main-                 spring, a meeting she will help plan and oversee.
line Protestant denominations working together on cam- STEWART            “The co-chair is the point person with all the activi-
pus and student ministries and is the primary relation to            ties going on,” she says. “When articles and assignments
the World Student Christian Federation.                         are due, the co-chair makes sure they’re all in. The co-chair is
      CESCM’s primary goal for the rest of the year is to plan  in charge of the meetings and represents the students in other
Celebrate ‘06, the quadrennial national gathering of college                                              See STEWART, page 3
FELLOWS                                                                                                                                    STEWART
  Center Community Development                 showed us new ways for min-                                                                 ways.”                                       of Transylvania University now study-             “My home pastor (Rev. Dr. Robin
  Corporation, described the rapid             istering to God’s great Earth.                                                                   A member of Bethany Christian           ing at the Yale Divinity School. “The        Hedgeman) has been so involved na-
  growth, broad reach, and inspiring           Anthony Flynn enlightened us                                                                Church (Disciples of Christ) in sub-         student co-chair learns to negotiate de-     tionally and regionally that as people
  creativity of New Direction Christian        to evangelizing and community                                                               urban Cleveland, Stewart joined the          nominational and personality differenc-      find out what church I go to, and who
  Church, a Memphis congregation               development in urban areas.                                                                 Student Ecumenical Partnership (STEP)        es while moderating a meeting alongside      the pastor is, I find opportunities to do
  started in 2001 that now has more            This weekend recharged my                                                                   Leadership Team at the beginning             a staff member. As co-chair you develop      things that might take others a while to
  than 8,000 members and is affiliated         passion in activism.”                                                                       of 2006. Early on, she volunteered to        a deeper understanding and respect for       discover.”
  with a handful of businesses that                 Despite their different ex-                                                            represent Disciples students at CESCM        the gifts of all those at the table.”             After transferring to Hiram in 2005
  provide jobs for an economically chal-       periences and ministries, there                                                             meetings.                                         Trayce expects the primary tasks        from a Pennsylvania university, she
  lenged neighborhood.                         was common ground.                                                                               During her second meeting,              for CESCM during her term will relate        found a new mentor for her spiritual
                                                    “The common traits that I                                                              Trayce was selected for the position by      to CESCM’s new affiliation with the          development: Hiram’s campus minister,
• Jamie Frazier, the president and
                                               saw between our speakers was                                                                CESCM’s administrative committee be-         National Council of Churches, revision-      Jon Moody.
   CEO of Bridging the Gap, shared his
                                               their willingness to step outside                                                           cause of her leadership skills, says staff   ing CESCM’s mission, and relations                “When Trayce transferred here, she
   organization’s mission of sustainable
                                               the box, let their voice be heard,                                                          co-chair Douglas Fenton.                     with Canadian student groups.                introduced herself to me as a Disciples
   growth and environmen-
                                                             and not be afraid     Anthony Flynn and Amy Gopp discuss the continuing            “At the [September] meeting,                 CESCM will work its way into            student who was interested in minis-
   tal stewardship in the
                                                             of what might be challenge of gender and ethnic prejudices during the         Trayce took a stand that was not an          her busy schedule. This semester, the        try,” Moody says. “I began tossing things
   Kansas City area.
                                                             said about them,” HELM Leadership Fellows Conference.                         easy stand to take,” said Fenton, the        elementary education major is student        to her, from sitting on our church rela-
     Though each guest had                                   said Katie John-                      They also demonstrated the impor-       staff representative for the Episcopal       teaching third-graders at an elementary      tions committee to church internships
a different take on vocation                                 son, a first-year student at     tance of educating yourself on the issues    Church USA. “While the council chose         school about 10 minutes from campus.         to interfaith programming to STEP.
and calling, the theme com-                                  TCU from Nashville. “Their before taking a stand.                             to go another direction, she did an admi-    She arrives there at about 7:30 a.m.         What got me about Trayce was that she
mon to each was clear.             ENARI        JOHNSON passion for what they did                  “They were all very knowledge-          rable job making her case and showing        four days a week. Eight hours later, she     caught everything I tossed her.”
     “Finding my passions                                    outshined their fear of doing able in the work that they were doing,”         her resolution. When it came time to         leaves the school and has about an hour           Trayce is already investigating
and putting faith into action were mes-        what hadn’t been done before.”                 O’Donnell added. “They all showed how        select a new representative, Trayce was      to get back to campus in time for track      seminaries for graduate work after she
sages that really hit home for me,” said            The students also engaged in an           important it is to have a grounded faith     our choice.”                                 practice. Stewart competes for the Divi-     graduates from Hiram in December
Allison Enari, a first-year student at         intense discussion about the challenges        and the knowledge to back up that faith           Stewart is the second Disciple in       sion III Terriers in the long jump, triple   2007.
Occidental College from Bloomington,           facing women and different ethnic              when it is tested.”                          three years to hold the co-chair position.   jump, 4-by-1, and 400-meter dash. She’s           “I have felt more of an urge to start
Indiana. “As I continue to find my own         groups in church life. Like many other                                                      In 2005, Brandon Johnson served in the       carrying a 17-hour load this semester.       my own church outside of Ohio that
path with Christ in a new place, I will        dialogues, the topic came back to lead-                                                     position.                                         “If I don’t stay busy, I get in trou-   is inclusive of all ages. That’s been a
prayerfully consider other ways I can                                                                If you know a student who will
                                               ership and how to lead.                                                                          “The co-chair can direct and moder-     ble,” she says with a laugh.                 struggle for a lot of young adults and
passionately put my faith                                                                      be entering a four-year college or
                                                                  “I learned something                                                     ate conversation to help CESCM think              Stewart credits two people — and        youths: how do they fit in at a church
into action.”                                                                                  transferring from a community college
                                                             that I suppose should have                                                    and dream beyond the responsibilities        old-fashioned networking — for open-         that only ministers or focuses on the
     David Weuste, a sopho-                                                                    to a four-year college in 2007 - a stu-
                                                             been obvious to me from the                                                   of Celebrate,” said Johnson, a graduate      ing doors to the larger church.              needs of adults.”
more at Texas Christian                                                                        dent you believe has leadership poten-
                                                             beginning... that leader-
                                                                                               tial for the church and the world - let
                                                                                                                                            Tell me
University from Guthrie,                                     ship is just what it says:
                                                                                               us know. We will send information                                             A lesson in rugby
Okla., found something dif-                                  LEADERship,” Johnson said.
                                                                                               on the HELM Leadership Fellows                                                                  Believe it or not, Kristen Walling is a rugby player. She joined the college
ferent in each presenter.
                                                                                                                                            a story
                                 WEUSTE        O’DONNELL “I can’t lead by following
                                                                                               Program. It provides mentoring on                                                          club team, learned the rules of the game, and made new friends. Then the com-
     “The resource staff was                                 someone else’s example. In
                                                                                               or near campus, annual educational                                                         petition began. It ate up a lot of her time and energy, made some rookie mis-
great talking and hanging out with us          order to be a leader in this world, I have
                                                                                               workshops, summer internships, a                                                           takes, and distinctly remembers the sound of her head cracking on the ground.
throughout the weekend,” he said. “Amy to do what hasn’t been done. I have
                                                                                               grant to help pay for the student’s               Are you looking for a                    She almost quit, but the drive to push her limits is just one reason she’s still on
Gopp revived our passions in our lives         to find a need and work to fix it, not
                                                                                               education, and the opportunity to            new voice in your church                      the field. God calls us to push our limits and take chances. It might not be easy
and ministries. Robin Hoover helped            just lend my time and efforts to other                                                                                         WALLING
                                                                                               discover his or her role in the future of    newsletter? HELM’s web site                   at the time, but hopefully we’ll be better people for the effort.
us think about channeling those pas-           people’s goals.”
                                                                                               our church.                                  has new stories every week
sions into social change. Jamie Frazier                       Laura O’Donnell appreci-                                                                                       Peace and the World Cup                        What changes, what stays the same
                                                                                                     To pass along the name of a po-        from college students across
                                                         ated the larger vision brought                                                                                          Rebekah Cypert spent most of the                Katie Griffin headed home after years away
                                                                                               tential applicant:                           the country. Subjects range
                                                         by Gopp, Hoover, Flynn, and                                                                                         summer traveling as a Disciples Peace          at college, and it reminded her of
                                                                                                     call us at 314-991-3000                from involvement in campus
                                                         Frazier.                                                                                                            Intern, but a vacation to Germany to           seeing a friend she hadn’t seen in
                                                                                                     e-mail helm@helmdisciples.             activities to reflections on
                                                              “It can be challenging for                                                                                                   watch soccer’s international     a long time: “so much about them
                                                                                                     fax 314-991-2957.                      scripture and God’s world.
                                                         leaders in the church to think                                                                                                    championship, the World          has changed, yet so much has
                                                                                                     Please make sure we have your          Go to www.helmdisciples.
                                                         beyond the local congregation,”                                                                                                   Cup, reminded her of home in     stayed the same as well.” Her faith
                                                                                               suggestion by February 1.                    org/helm/news.htm and look
                                                         said the Vanderbilt sophomore                                                                                                     an unusual way: Soccer and       has changed a lot during college,
                                                                                                     Applicants must send a complet-        for “Leadership Fellows Tell
                                                         from Zionsville, Indiana, “but                                                                                                    UNICEF teamed up with a          and sharing her updated faith has      GRIFFIN
                                                                                               ed application form, three sealed ref-       Their Stories” or “Student
                                                         this weekend provided amaz-                                                                                                       message of unity and peace.      provided a few awkward moments
                                                                                               erences, a short essay, and a release of     Ecumenical Partnership
                                                         ing examples of leadership                                                                                            CYPERT      That peace shows up in the       with the people who know her best. But one
                                                                                               information - all in one packet; their       News and Essays.” Here are
                                                         outside of the church that is                                                                                                     sometimes-rough world of         thing has stayed constant — Katie’s never lost
                                                                                               current school must send a transcript.       a few examples of this fall’s
                                                         inspired by faith. Each of them                                                                                     soccer is a hint that peace should be in all   her faith.
                                                                                               All materials must be postmarked no          stories.
Dr. Robin Hoover describes the theological foundation of showed incredible motivation
                                                                                                                                                                             aspects of the world we share.
Humane Borders as Mandy Ogunnowo listens.                                                      later than March 15, 2007.
                                                         in their own lives.”
Second Mile
Congregations                                                      Vena Smith Endowment of
                                                                      First Christian Church
HELM recognizes                                                               Vincennes, Ind.
                                                                                                                    Abundant Joy
congregational partners                                                                                           Christian Church
                                                                                                                   Jersey City, N.J.
whose interest in our ministry                                   CWF, First Christian Church
of leader development has                                                         Pittsfield, Ill.
led them to make gifts in                                   CWF, First Christian Church                              CWF, Howard Park
                                                                       Warrensburg, Mo.                              Christian Church
2006 above and beyond their                                                                                          Clarksville, Ind.
support of our work through                             CWF, Brentwood Christian Church
the Disciples Mission Fund.                                              Springfield, Mo.                               First Christian Church
We give heartfelt thanks to                                                                                             Knoxville, Tenn.
these congregations.                                        First Christian Church
                                                                                                           First Christian Church
                                                                    Garland, Texas
                                                                                                           Monroe, La.

                                                                                               Galilee Christian Church
                                                                                                       Summerfield, Fla.

HELM in brief
Where is the next Campus                       HELM’s General Assembly banquet no trivial matter
Ministry of the Week?                              Get out your 2007 calendar. We                       To get the full experience of the
     The beginning of the school year          have an event you’ll want to attend.                    General Assembly, including work-
also marked a new addition to the                  HELM’s dinner at the 2007                                 shops, the display area, and
HELM web site: Campus Ministry of              General Assembly will be Mon-                                   more, you’ll need to register
the Week.                                      day, July 23. The menu, cost,                                   for the assembly itself. You
     In an effort to strengthen ties to the    and location are still to be de-                                 can register online or get
more than 90 campus ministries related         termined, but based on the                                       more information at www.
to the Christian Church (Disciples of          great response from HELM                          
Christ), the new feature will highlight        Trivia Night at the Portland                                    Information on purchasing
a different ministry and link to its web       General Assembly, the event promises                        tickets and other details will be
site. The box is in the upper right corner     to be a lot of fun. And you might learn                      available in the next “Tomor-
of the HELM web site and reflects the          something while you’re there.                         row’s Leaders Today.”
unique web design of that ministry. The
icon will change every Monday, so stop        uled to April 12-15, 2007. The move was                     While HELM organizes the confer-
by each week and see what Disciples           made with the hopes of avoiding sched-                 ence, it is truly a team effort. Each of the
campus ministries are doing to nurture        uling conflicts with regional assemblies.              general ministries has a representative
leaders. To see when your neighbor-                The conference gathers more than                  on the planning team, and regions are
hood ministry is set to be featured, visit    80 Master of Divinity students who are                 also represented. Look for more infor-         in their second year or later of seminary              mation about the 2007 Seminarians
campusministryoftheweek.htm.                  and who haven’t attended in the past.                  Conference in coming months.
     A survey of regional ministries          Joining students are representatives of
conducted in the spring turned up             the general and regional ministries. The               Do you have a summer
almost 20 campus ministries that hadn’t       conference provides opportunities to                   internship available?
previously connected with the church.         share experiences and make connec-                         Would a college student be inter-
If you know of another new ministry, let      tions in the broader church.                           ested in a summer internship at your
us know — we’ll feature it in Campus               This year, HELM has collected the                 church or service organization? Your
Ministry of the Week.                         names of Disciples seminarians from                    congregation could have a lot to offer a
                                              two sources: regional commissions on                   young leader. HELM can connect you
Seminarians Conference                        ministry and the 140 seminaries where                  with a summer intern.
planning under way                            Disciples are studying. If you know a                      Your congregation or organization
     If you think it’s been a while since     seminarian, ask if she or he has received              would need to provide travel, food,
you heard anything about the Seminar-         a postcard about the Seminarians Con-                  lodging, and an allowance as well as a
ians Conference, you’re right. Tradition-     ference this fall. If not, have the student            $2,000 stipend at the end of the sum-
ally held in October of even-numbered         contact HELM to get the student’s                      mer. Contact HELM if you would be
years, the conference has been resched-       name on our mailing list.                              interested in hosting a summer intern.

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