CLEMSON — The Lutheran Campus Ministry-Clemson program of University Lutheran Church in Clemson was awarded a Theological Exploration of Vocation (CMTEV) grant from the Lily Endowment Inc. in December 2013.
This five year grant is part of the Endowment’s Campus Ministry initiative “enabling campus ministry organizations at public universities to develop and expand their vocational discernment programs through student participation in life-shaping experiences. These experiences will help students draw on their faith commitments as they make choices about their future careers and encourage those students with spiritual and leadership gifts to explore potential calls to Christian ministry.”
The CMTEV initiative continues the work of the Lilly Endowment’s Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation and the Council of Independent College’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education.
LCM-Clemson will make use of grant monies to continue and enhance many of the programs and activities LCM-Clemson already provides for its students. New initiatives made possible through grant monies will focus on helping students discern how being a Christian and being called to service has many forms.
LCM-C will continue to provide leadership development and retreats, peer minister training, mission trips, and add new and powerful options such as access to lectures by renowned theologians, internships at partner churches, connecting faith and professional careers, and vocational discernment retreats.
With Lilly grant monies LCM-C is developing a mentoring program where interested Clemson University faculty members will each serve as a mentor to a group of four to five LCM- Clemson students. The program is called Two by Two Mentors because Jesus told his disciples to go out into the world, two by two, working together to spread God’s Word through word and deed.
LCM-Clemson has identified and trained the first group of faculty members and they will be paired with their small groups when participating students return for the fall semester.
To connect faith and professional careers, mentors and mentees will meet throughout the academic year to have frank discussions about how faith has shaped and continues to shape their everyday lives and affect their career choices on a daily basis.
For more information about the Two by Two Mentoring program or what other programs/activities are planned, contact Pastor Chris Heavner, LCM-Clemson, University Lutheran Church, 111 Sloan St., Clemson, SC 29631 or call 864-654-4232.