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

Seminary represents the best opportunity for future pastors to grapple with how to talk about God and the inevitable tragedies of human life, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jan 3, 2018 10:08 AM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments



The percentage of United Methodist clergy educated at UMC-affiliated schools has risen each year since 2009, approaching two-thirds of clergy graduates. more

Jan 10, 2017 8:27 AM Ordained Ministry

G-ETS Students

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A Lilly Foundation grant has enabled a new scholarship for United Methodist pastoral students that's being administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. more

Dec 6, 2016 4:55 PM Ordained Ministry


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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

Theological Education

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United Methodist theological education in the United States is in crisis, and longtime scholar M. Douglas Meeks says if trends persist the modern way of training pastors could disappear altogether, according to UMNS' Heather Hahn. more

Mar 13, 2015 11:13 AM Ordained Ministry

Seminary consultation


A consultation sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry uses a "living systems" approach to find out how education is going at United Methodist seminaries. more

Jan 21, 2015 7:48 PM Ordained Ministry

Seminary Caravan

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An inspiration from the admissions office at Boston University School of Theology will take representatives of 11 United Methodist seminaries to meet with young people in the Southeast and South Central Jurisdictions about ordained ministry. more

Jan 9, 2014 9:05 PM In the Church

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A new generation of church leaders who are not ordained for parish ministry is emerging from United Methodist seminaries, say presidents of the denomination's theological schools. more

Apr 8, 2013 10:30 AM In the Church 1 Comments