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The United Methodist Church has plenty of "modal" leaders who provide stability for the institution, but what about those times when the denomination needs "extreme" leaders to solve major problems? asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Feb 19, 2018 1:54 PM Ordained Ministry

The Transfiguration story reminds us that to be a disciple is to face the reality of suffering and death with Christ, and to trust that though it looks and feels like defeat, you will be raised with him, the Wesley Bros find. more

Feb 6, 2018 3:23 PM Perspectives

Today's ministry needs and challenges are vastly different from the time of Jesus and his disciples, and they require different education, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jan 10, 2018 4:05 PM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

Anna Guillozet

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Despite efforts to recruit young adults into ordained ministry, the cadre of United Methodist pastors continues to age. more

Sep 28, 2017 1:20 PM Ordained Ministry


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Whether clergy or laity, Christians who engage in ministries of caring will find they need a solid spiritual grounding in order to "suffer with" those they help, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Sep 12, 2017 5:13 PM Practicing Faith

Anna Guillozet

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While secular media have focused on the clergyman who edited a book of devotionals sent to Hillary Clinton, the Rev. Jeremy Smith finds that 115 United Methodist clergywomen contributed to the collection. more

Aug 16, 2017 4:15 PM Ordained Ministry 3 Comments

Friar Juniper

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Drawing on tales from early monastics, the Rev. Jason Valendy asserts that pastoral leaders today should look foolish so that they don't draw attention away from Christ. more

Jul 26, 2017 9:46 AM Ordained Ministry

Elizabeth Schindler

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The installation of Bishop Elaine Stanovsky moves the Rev. Elizabeth Schindler to ponder the spiritual weight of ordained ministry, and the great strides may since women have been accepted into the clergy. more

Jun 18, 2017 8:09 AM Ordained Ministry

Members of the Iowa Board of Ordained Ministry announce their intention to assess clergy candidates without consideration of their sexuality. more

Jun 13, 2017 9:39 AM Ordained Ministry

These patterns are corrosive to both the pastors and the churches they lead, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jun 7, 2017 4:36 PM Ordained Ministry

Magnifying Glass

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Jesus broke the rules of the holiness code, rendering himself ritually unclean, with great regularity, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Instead of following Jesus, we want a cheap holiness code. more

Jun 5, 2017 4:14 PM Christy Thomas 3 Comments


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The boards of ordained ministry in two U.S. annual conferences have reaffirmed their decisions not to consider the sexuality of clergy candidates despite a Judicial Council ruling to follow Book of Discipline requirements. more

May 23, 2017 8:14 AM Ordained Ministry 4 Comments

In a month of significant anniversaries, the Rev. Jim Parsons reflects on pastors and preachers discovering the unique gifts they bring to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. more

May 8, 2017 3:02 PM Ordained Ministry

2016-2020 Judicial Council

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In its first deliberative session, the United Methodist Judicial Council will consider complaints about the ordination of openly LGBT candidates in the New York and Northern Illinois conferences, along with other issues. more

Oct 18, 2016 11:16 AM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has released a new guidebook, "Answering the Call," to help those considering ordained ministry. more

Apr 14, 2016 4:20 PM Ordained Ministry

Discipline Clergy

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Claiming authority under the Book of Discipline to set ministerial standards, the Board of Ordained Ministry of the New York Annual Conference announced it would begin accepting LGBTQ people as ministerial candidates. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:15 PM

Brad Laurvick

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Changing just a few words in the way clergy see themselves can transform their ministry and mission to their communities, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Jan 7, 2016 6:13 PM Ordained Ministry

What makes for successful ordained ministry? The Rev. Dan R. Dick interviewed dozens of pastors, district superintendents and bishops to find out. more

Nov 25, 2015 11:29 AM Perspectives Archive


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A young clergy friend's frustration with ordained ministry prompts the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, a seminary professor, to identify six crucial issues about clergy formation today. more

Nov 12, 2015 3:16 PM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

Dr. David W. Scott reflects on how a former model of theological education may provide a template for the changing needs of Christian ministry in the 21st century. more

Oct 29, 2015 3:28 PM Ordained Ministry