The Myrtle Collaboration: An Initiative to Reclaim the Vocation of Every Child of God

The Myrtle Collaboration supports individuals, congregations, and communities as they discern God's calling for their lives and envision and implement innovative ministries in response. The Myrtle Collaboration is an Innovation Hub of the Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative (CLMPI) at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Initiated in 2017 through the generosity of the Lilly Endowment Inc., congregations, pastors, coaches, and community partners have engaged in deep reflection on individual and collective meaning and purpose, calls and commitments, and vision and vocation. Project Director Laura Aponte facilitated "Myrtle 1.0," bringing together nine PC(USA) churches, listed below, in the first iteration of the Myrtle Collaboration. In "Myrtle 2.0," the second iteration of the Myrtle Collaboration, first cohort pastors Rev. Dr. Felipe N. Martínez (First Presbyterian Church Columbus in Columbus, IN) and Rev. Dr. Kevin Starcher (Covenant Presbyterian Church in Boise, ID) are coordinating faith community partners in their respective local contexts to explore God's call and new ministry opportunities. Project Director Rev. Kathryn House, PhD facilitates the second Myrtle cohort.

Myrtle 1.0

Myrtle 2.0

Project Reflections

What’s Happening in the Myrtle Collaboration!

Stories of Calling

In both “Myrtle 1.0” and “Myrtle 2.0,” folks in congregations are deepening their relationships with God, folks with whom they share pews, and neighbors in their broader communities. We are excited to celebrate ways that the Myrtle Collaboration is forming its roots in diverse expressions of community and expansive understandings of calling. We are also relating to many who find their meaning and purpose as students, teachers, parents, children, doctors, listeners, community organizers, builders, makers, artists, congregants, clergy and many others. This vast network broadens our insight and challenges our assumptions. And finally, we are constantly adapting.  Just like the individuals who are sharing their stories in this video series, the Myrtle Collaboration is also committed to adapting so that we might better connect with and resource congregations and communities. Here we strive to connect people, recognize our kinship, and help each other find deeper purpose in life.

More Stories of Calling