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Calling 21 Program

In compliance with Governor Northam’s stay-at-home order through June 10 and in concern for likely extended distancing precautions through the summer, it is with sadness and longing for a pandemic-free future that the Calling 21 leadership team has cancelled the summer 2020 internships. Interns have been offered the option to defer to summer 2021. We will continue to find ways to support our young adults and their call into ministry, as we take a breath to consider how to do so safely. Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry during challenging times.

Calling 21 is a Young Adult, Local Church Internship Program. It is a partnership ministry among the Virginia Conference Center for Clergy Excellence, the Cabinet, and Shenandoah University. The purpose of the program is for college students to explore their calling. It is conference-wide, grass roots, congregation-based, youth-focused approach to the Virginia Conference’s emerging culture of call. These students spend a summer immersed in the life of a local church, not their own, discerning God’s call on their lives, and experiencing the diverse church communities in Virginia. (Calling 21 Promotional Flier)

Are you…
Wondering what you are supposed to do with your life?
Desiring to use your gifts and skills?
Interested in learning more about Christian vocation?
Willing to work hard with the amazing folks in Virginia?
Completed one year of college?
…then Calling 21 may be for you.        

Applications for interns available December 1 and Due February 1 
Applications for host churches are available November 1 and due January 15

Additional information:
•    Check out this document of Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about Calling 21.
•    Internship is from June to August
•    Includes: Orientation at Shenandoah University, Annual Conference, and Reflection in Richmond

For additional questions, contact: The Rev. Meghan Roth Clayton, Chair of the Calling 21 Team, at or the Rev. Lindsey Baynham, Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence, or (804) 521-1126