NextGen Academy

September 22 | Columbia | 9:30 - 3:00 p.m.


13-18 years old

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Dora Thackery

The Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church has identified missional leaders as their essential priority. Missional leaders are intentionally growing in Christ in order to serve with vision and hope for the Christian community. A disciple becomes a missional leader as they identify others, who identify others, who practice following Christ. Missional leaders are freed to lead in the context of their community, local church and beyond.

To identify these missional leaders, Next Generation Ministries has created the NextGen Academy to be an environment for students and young adults to discover and grow in their faith alongside friends and mentors during quarterly events. Students will explore spiritual gifts, leadership development, and service and mission.

The first event of the 2018-2019 school year will focus on discovering spiritual gifts. As a youth, people may often say to you “You’ve got your whole life ahead of you!”  Wouldn’t it be great to have some clues for what to do with your life?  The CliftonStrengths tool is one way to help us do just that. You’ll get a code, take an assessment, and find out how God has uniquely gifted you. If you’re wanting to grow in your leadership, you’re coming to the right place.  You’re invited to find out how to live into who God has made you to be.


Morning session – Worship and discussion led by Jenn Klein

Jenn Klein

Rev. Jenn Klein currently serves as the senior pastor of Hamilton United Methodist Church. She is a certified spiritual director and current student coach with Coaching4Clergy. Sharing the journey of living the contemplative life with Christ and others is a passion of Jenn’s, which she conveys with hospitality, enthusiasm, and compassion.

Lunch provided

Afternoon session—StrengthFinders discussion led by Adam Mustoe

Adam Mustoe

Adam is a Pastor at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Kansas City and a Gallup Certified strengths coach. He is passionate about guiding people to the place they are gifted and called. Adam has helped over 1,200 people discover their strengths in churches, businesses, schools, sororities all over the United States.  In May he was featured in Gallup’s Strengths Coaching Blog.

Registration closes Friday, September 14th at 12:00 p.m.

If you have any further questions or are interested in the NextGen Academy, but can’t make this event email Dora Thackery.


Missouri Annual Conference Office

3601 Amron Court Columbia, Missouri, 65202

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