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The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt has some pointed suggestions for how to counteract the decline in clergy credibility. more

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How does your leadership in ministry, whether you're clergy or laity, measure up to the Rev. Jack Shitama's goals for effectiveness? more

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Despair

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A United Methodist pastor gives a raw, honest assessment of life in the local church amidst the high-level conflicts in the global denomination. more

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Wearing a clerical robe is a visible reminder that a preacher, like Martin Luther King Jr., not only speaks God's words from the Bible but speaks for God, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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For Lent, the Rev. Jim Parsons collected 46 truths about ordained ministry, among them: "What we offer people online means a lot to the unchurched." more

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Although he describes himself as a former United Methodist minister, John Pavlovitz was never part of the ordained clergy, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

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Just as Charles Wesley discovered, we must learn that our self worth isn't what we do, but our identity in Christ, and accept our limitations. more

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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

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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

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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

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

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Suffering

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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