The act of discernment refers to determining the value or perceiving something. As a spiritual discipline, discernment is a process of listening for God’s movement in a situation or decision. While there are many spiritual practices to assist in this listening, a variety of experiences and activities are also available through which participation may make God’s voice more clear.
Pathways: Discipleship, Leadership, and Vocation for Youth and Youth Workers
Pathways is a one-day event to equip and inspire high school young people and the adults who serve in ministry with them. Learn more about Pathways — and hear one young adult’s story — by watching our short video.
With the awareness that while at camp, surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation, the location itself can lead to thinking big thoughts and imagining and praying about where God is leading and to what God is calling. Add to that a caring and faithful staff and big things can happen in Sr. High Leadership Camps. Listening for God's Call was created as a supplement to the popular Career and Calling: A Guide for Counselors, Youth, and Young Adults, available from the Thoughtful Christian.
D365.org — daily devotions to take you deeper into faith!
D365's daily devotions were written by ministers, professors, students, teachers, missionaries, denominational leaders, and others who work with and care for youth. An author typically writes one week of devotions. D365.org is a free resource. It’s easy to use and easy to share. When you begin to practice the d365 daily devotion you might find that this small amount of time becomes something you need, something you crave; a way you communicate with God.
Communal Discernment: Choosing with God in Community
We as Christians seek to grow closer in relationship with God. A challenge in doing this is how to make our life choices better reflect God’s values. In the early stages of our spiritual lives this may seem a rather simple and clear-cut practice. As individuals, seeking to do good and avoid evil can carry us a long way. For some people this simple focus remains profound and spiritually rich. Perhaps the circumstances of their lives are such that they face few complex questions.
Ministries and experiences
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is rich with incredible programs, networks, services and sites that contribute to its various ministries. Experiences and involvement in these ministries can assist the movement of the Holy Spirit through the identification of gifts, skills, and who God is calling you to be.
Programs and organizations providing resources to those discerning a call to educational ministries, an internship or ordination of Word and Sacrament.
Mission and service in the nation and the world
Opportunities for service and mission through the denomination.
Peace and justice ministries
Connection with those working for peace in the world and working for justice for all of God's children.
Racial ethnic and women's ministries
Opportunities for women to connect.
Organizations that interact with our Presbyterian colleges and their ministries.
Ministries with youth
Opportunities and resources for Presbyterian young people and the adults who minister with them.
Camp and conference ministries
Connection to the many Presbyterian-related camp and conference centers.
There are also other programs, projects and organizations with which the PC(USA) works.
Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE)
The mission of APCE is to connect, enrich, empower and sustain persons serving in educational ministry in the Reformed family of Churches. Learn more.
Preparation for Ministry
This site includes resources for those going through the ordination process. Learn more.
Summer Youth Institute of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
The purpose of the Summer Youth Institute is to provide young people a Christian community where they can be challenged to move beyond their comfort zone in order to grow in faith, engage in academic theological study, explore ministry as a vocation and learn about Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Learn more.
Vocational Exploration at Presbyterian Seminaries
This site contains information for those who are interested in visiting a seminary to help make decisions in the discernment process. Learn more.
Young Adult Volunteers
The Young Adult Volunteer Program offers exciting opportunities in Christian service for young adults. The Young Adult Volunteer Program has 18 sites in the United States and abroads and requires a commitment of one academic year. Learn more.
Where does God lead you? Create a profile, search opportunities and apply for service around the globe. Learn more.
Content and links to use while discerning a call to live out faith in Jesus Christ in relation to service in the armed forces and in war. Learn more.
National Network of Presbyterian College Women
This Network is a group of young women in college connected by the belief in God, seeking to understand what it means to claim a Christian faith that empowers women. Learn more.
Racial Ethnic Young Women Together
REYWT is a community of young women rooted and connected by Christian faith, gender, cultura and age identities. Learn more.
We commit ourselves to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study, to support the mission of the church worldwide, to work for justice and peace, and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God's kingdom. Learn more.
Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities
The Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities is an independent, not-for-profit organization that exists to strengthen the mission of colleges and universities related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Learn more.
The PC(USA) Collegiate Ministries support the work of over 1,300 higher education ministries serving on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Learn more.
Ministries with Youth
This site focuses on events and ministries concerning youth ministry in the church. Learn more.
Presbyterian Youth Workers Association
Connecting, upholding, and inspiring Presbyterian youth workers as they faithfully serve the triune God among young people. Learn more.
Camp and Conference Ministries
Presbyterian camping offers faith-filled encounters with Christ in a spiritually safe environment. True to our denominational Reformed tradition, campers get to experience the saving grace of God in a spirit-filled Christian community. By living their faith, campers get an opportunity to more fully integrate their faith into their daily lives. Learn more.
Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association
Seeking to provide a common voice and shared vision for camp and conference ministry in the Presbyterian Church. Learn more.
Projects, programs, and organizations with strong connections to ministries of vocation.
Fund for Theological Education
FTE offers support to help gifted young people explore and respond to God's calling in their lives. Learn more.
Program for Theological Exploration of Vocation
In May 1999, Lilly Endowment Inc. invited a group of outstanding colleges and universities to design programs to 1) assist students in examining the relationship between faith and vocational choices, 2) provide opportunities for gifted young people to explore Christian ministry, and 3) enhance the capacity of a school's faculty and staff to teach and mentor students effectively in this arena. Learn more.
New Wilmington Missionary Conference
The New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC) looks to deepen the missionary spirit, seeking fulfillment of the Great Commission. Learn more.