Why join the Peer Partnership Program?

  • Join other like-minded young adults!
  • Enjoy two out-of-Calgary young adult retreats!
  • Learn from respected faith leaders!
  • Delve deeper into your faith!
  • Learn leadership skills!
  • Explore your questions about faith!
  • Get more involved with your congregation!
  • Get paid to do it!
This program has helped me center my life around my faith.
— Peer Partner Ryan, student at the University of Calgary

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
Peer Partnership Program Banff Retreat YYCCM

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.

YYCCM Peer Partnership Program Retreat Banff Cave and Basin

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.

During the Learning Circle this year, the Peer Partners will be tasked with deciding on a topic, engaging with a faith leader to come and be a guest facilitator, arranging food, and hosting the circle on the day of the event. 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 Peer Partners will be guided along this process of organization and hosting by members of the Campus Ministry team and will be provided resources to help them as well. They will also be paired in teams for the organization of each Learning Circle.

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. 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, we have no interest in having a congregation. Rather we are hoping to strengthen the connection between a young adult, their congregation, and their faith. We are aiming to animate young adult ministry across the city in all congregations. We hope you will consider participating in the program.

Goofy Peer Partnership Program Group Shot Banff YYCCM

Program Expectations

Fall 2017 semester

  • Attend September 15 - 16 retreat in Banff
  • Attend one of either Drum, Dine, Discuss:
    • September 26th at the University of Calgary 
    • September 27th at Mount Royal University
  • Organize required Learning Circle (dates to be determined at September Retreat)
  • Attends all three Learning Circles being hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church
    • September 23
    • October 28
    • November 25
  • Attend all three Bible Studies 
    • September 15 (part of retreat weekend)
    • October 14 (at Trinity Lutheran Church)
    • November 4 (at Trinity Lutheran Church)
  • Church requirements as worked out between Peer Partner and Congregation

Winter 2018 semester

  • Attend January 25-27 retreat
  • Organize required Learning Circle (dates to be determined at September Retreat)
  • Attends all three Learning Circles being hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church
    • January 13
    • February 24
    • March 24
  • Attend Bible Studies at Trinity Lutheran Church
    • February 10
    • March 10
  • Church requirements as worked out between Peer Partner and Congregation
     

Important Dates

Application Deadline

  • Monday August 20th, 2018

Interview Dates

  • August 21 - 31 - Either conducted in person or via Skype

Program Start

  • September 15 - The program will begin with the weekend retreat

Peer Partner Retreat

  • September 15 - 16
  • Where: TBD

Lutheran Winter Retreat

  • January 25-27, 2019
  • Where: Camp Kuriakos at Sylvan Lake, Alberta

 

Learning Circles

  • Fall 2017
    • September 23
    • October 28
    • November 25
  • Winter 2018
    • January 13
    • February 24
    • March 24

Bible Studies

  • Fall 2017
    • September 15 
    • October 14 
    • November 4 
  • Winter 2018
    • February 10
    • March 10