Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church The good news from HELM and (Disciples of Christ) www.helmdisciples.org higher education institutions of the email@example.com 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 www.cescm.org/ 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 disciples.org/ga/. 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- http://www.helmdisciples.org/student/ 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.