Things to Know
A core component of the training is to develop a plan for a project that you will implement in a community with which you have a relationship. You must know what you plan to work on when you apply. The training is designed for people who have an idea and want support in developing it. It can be a new project or a new phase of an existing project. It is okay for your project to change as you develop it during the training. If you apply without a specific project in mind, you will be invited to apply again in the future after you have developed an idea.
Example of a specific idea that is ready to be developed in this training:
The churches in my district are struggling with their budgets. Many of them are not aware of the connections between energy consumption and climate change. I want to develop an energy efficiency education program that will help them reduce their energy expenses and teach them about climate stewardship.
Example of a vague idea that needs further refinement:
Climate change is a crisis and my church isn’t doing anything about it. Also, straws are killing turtles. My project is to make my church do something about climate change and/or stop people from putting plastic in the oceans.
Global Ministries EarthKeepers often are or become leaders in their annual conferences and throughout The United Methodist Church. It is important that leaders in your conference support you applying for this training. For your application to be complete, a conference-level leader (bishop, director of connectional ministries, district superintendent, or conference creation care ministry chairperson) must submit a Connection Form on your behalf. You are responsible for asking them to submit the form.
If you don't know any of the people in these roles, ask your pastor to make an introduction or reach out to one of them via your conference website. Introduce yourself, explaining the training and why you want to participate. Ask if they will complete the form and suggest a call following the training to share what you learned.
Click here for the Connection Form.
You will receive email confirmation when the Connection Form has been submitted.
If you have questions about either of the above, please contact Zaira Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.