(Rev. Don Woolley) - The QuadW Missional Internship has been awarded an $86,000 grant from the Young Clergy Initiative, administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. This grant will fund expansion of the QuadW Missional Internship into the Western, North Central, and Northeastern Jurisdictions of the UMC.
We are grateful and excited about this opportunity to partner with the YCI and United Methodist churches to help young people explore their calling. This exploration will happen in a missional context where young people will live in Christian community while serving God in some of our most challenging communities. Our hope is to raise up leaders who will lead the church into the mission field that surrounds us, making a real difference in the lives of others as they share the love of Christ in word and deed.
The QuadW Missional Internship was founded through the hard work of United Methodists across the Mobile District and through the generous support of the QuadW Foundation (www.quadw.org). This foundation exists to honor the life and memory of Willie Tichenor, who lost his battle with osteosarcoma at the age of 19. The name “QuadW,” or “WWWW,” stands for “What Would Willie Want?” In answer to that question, the internship reflects Willie’s love of mission and his desire for others to experience transformative mission for themselves. The QuadW Missional Internship (formerly “3.0”) just finished its sixth summer in Mobile, Alabama and has now expanded to Montgomery, Pine Bluff (AR) and Kansas City (MO and KS). We are very grateful to the Young Clergy Initiative for this opportunity to launch the internship in new places around the country.