2012 Ministry Study

Ministry Study Archive

This section contains articles published prior to the 2012 General Conference regarding United Methodist ministry. It is not currently updated. For current articles please see our Issues section.




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The Church Systems Study reveals a workplace culture in The United Methodist Church in which clergy are asked to do monumental tasks of ministry for low salaries and little support, leading to major health problems and high insurance costs. more

Mar 27, 2012 3:05 PM 2012 Ministry Study 5 Comments

Williams Choi Gearhart

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A commission to study United Methodist ministry has recommended doing away with the practice of guaranteeing an annual appointment for clergy. more

Mar 27, 2012 2:44 PM 2012 Ministry Study 1 Comments

Super Clergy

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The Church Systems Study provides the most accurate and highly disturbing portrait of The United Methodist Church, and gives sensible recommendations for how to relieve unhealthy stress on clergy. more

Mar 27, 2012 3:31 PM Perspectives


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United Methodist deacons in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference write to General Conference delegates asking them to vote down proposed changes in their status. more

Jan 31, 2012 2:10 PM 2012 Ministry Study 4 Comments

Ghostbusters 2

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Taking a cue from the spirit-filled movie, "Ghostbusters II," the Rev. Jerry Eckert ponders where the United Methodist system allows for the guidance of God's Holy Spirit. more

Mar 22, 2012 1:07 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Will Restructuring Cut Vital Ministry?

Gilbert Hanke

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Top executives of United Methodist general agencies question the wisdom of the proposed restructuring of the church.

General Conference Resources

A list of documents related to various study reports scheduled to come before the 2012 General Conference.

The Folly of Form-Focus

The Rev. Dan Dick points out that the form of something, such as ministry, should follow its function.