|Beyond the Call|
What is the Beyond the Call program?
Beyond the Call (BTC) is a program jointly developed by the UUA and UUMA, originally, in 2012 which is designed to provide UUMA members in final fellowship (with some exceptions) a chance for in-depth study, ongoing collegial reflection and engagement in a critical area of advanced ministerial competence. The first BTC program was on Preaching and the Worship Arts, the second will be on Entrepreneurial Ministry and the third will be on Grounding and Growing our Prophetic Ministries.
Why are we offering this now?
Once a minister enters final fellowship there are no formal requirements for continuing education, nor a systematic process of coaching or mentoring. Ministers avail themselves of various one-time seminars and trainings from private consultants, seminaries, the UUA or other organizations. Colleagues tell us that they want longer, more focused, professional development. Funds collected through grants support this program, which has the potential to impact hundreds of ministers in the next ten years.
Who is eligible?
All UUMA members in fellowship who wish to dedicate themselves to serious in-depth study are encouraged to apply to Beyond the Call programs. Programs are designed as intensive continuing education and are likely to be most valuable for ministers in final fellowship, but ministers in preliminary fellowship are not excluded from applying. Attendance and active participation in all components of the program are required. Students are asked to commit to be mentors/coaches in the area of study after completing the program. Applications for the next Beyond the Call class will be available in the fall of 2017.
Beyond the Call Classes