Exciting Changes for 2017/2018!

  • Online Application
  • Focus on leadership building skills
  • Church Expectations built between the supporting congregation and PP
  • $400/year Bursary
  • September Retreat for just the Peer Partners
  • Bible Study once/month

The Peer Partnership Program was built for five main reasons, all focused at enlivening the spiritual growth of young adults within the church. These five reasons are: 

  • to promote the development of a young adult’s leadership and faith identities 
  • to strengthen their congregational and denominational identity
  • to provide young adults with a network of other like-minded and faith-focused young adults
  • to animate Campus Ministry programming
  • to build a bridge between congregations and the Campus Ministry
This program has helped me center my life around my faith.
— - Former Peer Partner Ryan, student at the University of Calgary

Program Requirements

The following is a list of guidelines to become a peer partner with the program.

  • Be Christian
  • Undergraduate or graduate student at MRU or U of C and/or a young adult between the age of 18 & 29.
  • Be a member or adherent of a Lutheran, United, or Presbyterian church in the Calgary area
  • Be open and accepting of people of all sexual orientations, faiths or of no faith tradition.

For the full description of the program, please download the full program guide here.

Participants in the Peer Partnership Program will receive a $400 ($200/semester) bursary from their supporting congregation to participate in this leadership and vocational development program. As a part of the program, Peer Partners will be expected to participate in activities that are geared at teaching them leadership fundamentals, building their faith identity, and encouraging them to create community with other faith-minded young adults. 

There are two main learning facets of the program: the Learning Circles and the Bible Study. One clergy member from each participating denomination directs the Learning Circles. They offer the Peer Partner an opportunity to explore big questions around theology, vocation, and identity. The circles start with check-in and dinner before launching into topics like spiritual gifts, denominational identity, and theological reflection. The circle is often a vulnerable space where the Peer Partners can open up. 
The bible study is led by the Campus Ministry’s own Rev. Margaret Propp and Rev. Tim Nethercott. This will focus on an in-depth look at biblical stories and themes. They will be hosted two weeks prior to the Learning Circles and will function as a theological base for the Peer Partners. 

One of the main aims of the Peer Partnership Program is to build community amongst the young adults. To do this we also offer two retreats as part of the program. The first retreat is just for the Peer Partners, and occurs in September. This one is geared at the Peer Partners getting to know each other and helping to break the ice. The second is the prairie-wide retreat hosted by the Lutheran Campus Ministries every January. At this retreat, faith-minded young adults from universities in Alberta and Saskatchewan gather at Camp Kuriakos in Sylvan Lake. Here this gives our Peer Partners the opportunity to work alongside, converse with, and be a part of a wide, church-led, young adult community. We have found that the retreats are integral to crafting community and that the young adults find the experiences at these retreats invaluable life experience. Plus, they are just a ridiculous amount of fun!

One of our long-term hopes for this program is to create a city-wide network of faith-minded young adults who will continue to interact, meet, and keep discussing their faith. We believe a network like this is imperative to the well-being and longevity of the church. 

This program is not geared towards the Campus Ministry starting a congregation of young adults. Rather we are hoping to strengthen the connection between a young adult, their congregation, and their faith. We hope you will consider participating in the program.

Program Expectations

We are excited to show off the BRAND NEW expectations for the 2017/2018 school year. We have scaled back on expectations, condensed the program, and made it far easier to follow. Still, the program has a number of expectations that come along with it. 

Fall 2017 semester

  • Attend September 16 - 17 retreat in Banff
  • Attend one of either Drum, Dine, Discuss:
    • September 20th at the University of Calgary 
    • September 21st at Mount Royal University
  • Attends all three Learning Circles being hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church
    • September 24
    • October 22
    • November 26
  • Attend all three Bible Studies 
    • September 16 (part of retreat weekend)
    • October 8 (at Trinity Lutheran Church)
    • November 12 (at Trinity Lutheran Church)
  • Church requirements as worked out between Peer Partner and Congregation

Winter 2018 semester

  • Attend January 19-21 retreat
  • Attends all three Learning Circles being hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church
    • January 28
    • February 25
    • March 25
  • Attend all three Bible Studies at Trinity Lutheran Church
    • January 14
    • February 11
    • March 11
  • Church requirements as worked out between Peer Partner and Congregation
     

Important Dates

Application Deadline

  • Monday August 21st, 2017

Interview Dates

  • August 22 - 31 - Either conducted in person or via Skype

Program Start

  • September 16 - The program will begin with the weekend retreat

Peer Partner Retreat

  • September 16 - 17
  • Where: Rundle Memorial United Church in Banff

Lutheran Winter Retreat

  • January 19-21
  • Where: Camp Kuriakos

 

Learning Circles

  • Fall 2017
    • September 24
    • October 22
    • November 26
  • Winter 2018
    • January 28
    • February 25
    • March 25

Bible Studies

  • Fall 2017
    • September 16
    • October 8
    • November 12
  • Winter 2018
    • January 14
    • February 11
    • March 11