Young people encouraged to take the bold, faith step

MRI is a fun, action-packed, intense spiritual retreat, designed to assist youth ages 12-18 to hear, ponder, and answer God’s call to ministry. Held at Baldwin-Wallace University, Berea, OH. from Sun, July 16 to Friday July 21,  the week will offer intense Bible study, spirit-filled worship, intentional small group time, focused prayer, workshops specific to teen issues, recreation and mission work.

Through a trained staff of pastors, teachers, adult mentors, music ministers, and others, young people will leave the Institute with a sense of transformation and empowerment to live out his/her divine calling.

Guest theologians include: Rev. Troy Benton, senior pastor at St. John’s UMC,  Edwardsville, IL; Bishop Gregory Palmer, resident bishop of the West Ohio Conference; and Bishop Tracy Smith Malone, resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference.

Bishop Malone shared, “Enjoying my visit with the youth and leaders of the East Ohio Conference Ministerial Recruitment Institute (MRI). The theme is “Called By Name, Redeemed, and Not Afraid!” (Isaiah 43:1). I had the joy of sharing my “call story” and I encouraged our youth and leaders to take the bold, faith step to listen and not be afraid to respond to God’s calling on their lives.”

Bishop Malone also shared these photos and a video of the large youth gathering in praise.