When I was in college, I was part of the Wesley Foundation, a United Methodist campus ministry. This was a great group that grew into a family over my college years. My first year, I felt like I was on the fringes of the group. I showed up at events and most worship services. I talked to people who talked to me and eventually most people knew my name and I knew theirs. I was part of the community, but not fully part of the community.
All of that changed my second year. I accepted (with the encouragement by some of the older members) to run for an elected leadership position. Lo and behold, I won the election and became president of the Wesley Foundation my sophomore year. I was thrust into the middle of the group. I couldn’t hang around on the edges anymore. I was one of the leaders planning and implementing our activities.
That push to become more involved and invested in the ministry changed my spiritual life tremendously. I attended and lead Bible studies, covenant groups, and worship services. I made life-long friends, some of whom I still talk with weekly. I deepened my understanding of how to life a Christian life, not just with words, but in practice. I even started giving $25 per month to help sustain the ministry of the Wesley Foundation. In fact, it was during my sophomore year of college that I accepted my call to ordained ministry.
Accepting a call to serve, whether it’s in a leadership position, as a member of a team, or working with a short-term project that doesn’t involve committee meetings, can have a profound impact on your life and faith. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to check out the organization charts and volunteer job descriptions on our website. Fill out the Taking a Leadership Role at UUMC application and the Time and Talent Survey today.
We want you to have the opportunity to make a deeper investment at UUMC so that you will be enriched by a deepening in your spiritual life!