Opening/Closing Date: April 8, 2021 to May 25, 2021
Anticipated Start Date: August 21, 2022
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WCC Young Adult Steward Opportunity
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Pilgrim in Mission | August 21 – September 10, 2022 | $500 | Young Adults (ages 18-30 as of August 2022)

The United Church of Canada is encouraging young people to apply to serve as an Ecumenical Steward with the Stewards Programme for the 2022 Eleventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Karlsruhe, Germany

The Stewards Programme brings together a dynamic and diverse group of 160 young people from different backgrounds, churches and regions all over the world.  The Stewards “work, pray and sweat” together. They arrive in Karlsruhe a week prior to the Assembly proper to learn about the ecumenical movement and to participate in the Ecumenical Global Gathering of Young People (EGGYP).  At the World Council of Churches Assembly, the work done is often exhausting, intense and under pressure of short deadlines. The main areas of tasks to be carried out are: floor management, documentation, communications, interpretation, worship and other tasks such as general administration, sorting mail, delivering messages, etc. 

English is the working language of the programme, and patience, ability to work with people from other countries and cultures, as well as a willingness to work together as a team, are key.  

You can explore more about the Stewards Programme on the WCC website


August 21 – September 10, 2022 (not including travel time)  


Karlsruhe, Germany


$500.  This can be a combination of personal contribution and contributions from others. 

The balance of in-country program, flight and travel insurance costs will be covered by The World Council of Churches and The United Church of Canada. 

The United Church of Canada believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in their programs. If the cost of an opportunity presents a barrier, please contact us at to find out more about alternate means of resourcing and financial support.  


  • Young adult ages 18 –30  (as of Aug 2022)
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to, and active engagement in, The United Church of Canada (locally, regionally and/or nationally  
  • Ready and eager to work hard, be patient, work well with a team of people from other countries and cultures in an intense and sometimes exhausting role 
  • Willingness to speak to United Church groups about this ecumenical global experience and its impact on their faith journey 
  • Have a valid passport that does not expire before end of February 2023, or commit to obtaining one by November 2021 if selected.

As the full team, the World Council of Churches desires to select a group of dynamic and diverse young people from different backgrounds, churches and regions from all over the world.   


  • Written piece (about 400 words) summarizing the experience, with 5 hi-res pictures and/or alternate communications to share the experience as developed with UCC staff 
  • Four speaking engagements to UCC communities of faith or ecumenical gatherings about the experience. People in Partnership will include you on their posted Speakers List
  • Ongoing engagement in ecumenical collaboration 


To Apply

Application is a two step process. 

1st Step:  Apply for recommendation from The United Church of Canada (General Council Office). Deadline: May 25, 2021. Apply directly to 

 In one email please send: 
1. Completed WCC Application – Download here
2. Your essays
3. Recent curriculum vitae/resume 
4. Letter of recommendation from your Church   The letter of recommendation should speak to your involvement and commitment in the church, gifts you bring, ecumenical experience (if applicable) and also include a commitment of the church and plan of action to support you and your growth after the programme.   
5. Letter of recommendation from an ecumenical body – local, regional or national – with which you have been involved (if you need help with this, please be in touch)

Upon review, letters of recommendation from The General Council Office of The United Church of Canada will be prepared for approved applicants.

2nd Step: Apply to World Council of Churches for Stewards programme 
Deadline: June 30, 2021. Apply directly to
Then, in one email, please send: 

1. Completed WCC Application (above) 
2. Recent curriculum vitae/resume 
3. Your Essays
4. Letter of Recommendation from The United Church of Canada (1st step) and from your Church
5. Letter of Recommendation from your ecumenical body – local, regional or national – with which you have been involved 
5. A photocopy of *passport or identity card.

*(Passport must be valid six months from September 2022 onwards. If you don’t have a passport yet, if accepted to the Programme, you are required to acquire it by November 2021, especially if you need a visa to go to Germany.)

Early applications are encouraged to allow more time for processing. 

If you have any questions, please contact or 

The United Church is committed to equity, diversity, justice, and to creating a positive and supportive environment for people of all identities and backgrounds. ALL qualified people are encouraged to apply

Note:  The WCC does accept applications directly, but individuals who apply directly would need to cover all costs to get to Karlsruhe independently and would not have the support of the General Council Office, financially or otherwise.  Those who apply and are accepted through the People in Partnership program would.

Note: Currently, The United Church of Canada has a travel ban for staff and volunteers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  WCC Organizers and The United Church of Canada national staff are hopeful that conditions will be such that travel and in-person gatherings will be possible.  Plans will be confirmed closer to the date.  UCC Stewards will need to comply with relevant UCC travel policies.