MOTOR CITY WESLEY is a collection of student-led missional communities interested in putting their faith into action. Typically each cohort experience consists of weekly discussions about Detroit: its weaknesses, strengths, history, and how Christian communities in Detroit have responded to all those. Topics include homelessness, poverty, healthy food access, urban gardening, medical access, and race. Guests from Detroit non-profits and churches join in to share their experience of the city. Students discern together and donate time to many of these non-profits and ministries to get a full picture of what they're all about.
In the "lab" part fo the MCW experience, students put what they've learned into action. Each student receives $100 to start a project of their own or to help an existing service/ministry. Students are also guided on ways to multiply this money to make an even larger impact. These projects aim to serve the city, the campus, and beyond.
MOTOR CITY WESLEY is a ministry on multiple campuses sponsored by the Young Leaders Initiative, a United Methodist non-profit providing opportunities for young people to serve their community while growing in their faith. COVENANT PARTNER CHURCHES also provide sustainable support and enjoy deepening relationships with MOTOR CITY WESLEY students as project partners and supportive communities of faith. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of connectional opportunities through the United Methodist Church including events like "Imagine What's NEXT" and grant programs like the Young People's Ministries (GBOD) Grants for Ministries with Young People.
MOTOR CITY WESLEY is led by students at Wayne State University and other local schools, along with young adults and ministry staff from area churches. Deacon Carl Gladstone serves as Motor City Wesley Clergy advisor as a part of his missional appointment with Metropolitan UMC.
The Young Leaders Initiative Board of Directors provides oversight and guidance for Motor City Wesley in accordance with United Methodist Discipline ¶634.4.d. Here is our Board Roster with direct contact info.