The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Wesley cast a bold vision in its proposal. They will change their culture of evangelism from static to dynamic and deepen their commitment to a culture of call. Students, board and clergy leaders have already made strides in creating a physical environment conducive for growing ministry. Under the leadership of Rev. Ryan Spurrier, this project is designed to re-engender within the Wesley Foundation a culture of the call by:
• Increasing Wesley’s presence on campus,
• Fostering a culture of invitation, and
• Re-envisioning worship, retreats, and small groups to speak directly to students’ spiritual needs and help them connect their faith to a faithful life.
The grant is designed to lead students into transformative, personal relationships with Jesus Christ. Relationships characterized not by following Jesus in an abstract sense but by following in the way of Jesus in every aspect of their lives. It is not enough to grow Wesley’s membership. This program is designed to form and shape an ever-growing number of students by teaching them to think theologically and passionately about issues facing the Church and the world. These students will be prepared to serve as Christian leaders in all vocations, both clergy and lay, leading others in the same evangelistic formation they receive.