It's crucial to find a group of people who "get" what you do in order to do your best in ministry and life, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

Ordained Ministry

United Methodist leaders failed both the church and American society by refusing even to suggest that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be held accountable for his actions, writes the Rev. Dr. Kevin Carnahan. Read more


While hoping for a more flexible solution, the Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter offers his take on what a "Way Forward" model that values accountability above all might look like. Read more


Blue door

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Holding people accountable for their actions involves a non-threatening, trust-based encounter that grants others their own free will to act, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Holding them hostage isn't the same thing. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Dr. David W. Scott examines two pieces of GC2016 legislation that propose to alter the authority and terms of United Methodist bishops. Read more

GC Archive

The fall Judicial Council rulings show some concerns for United Methodist governance, especially in terms of bishops' accountability and the vulnerability of local pastors, writes the Rev. Jerry Eckert of Associates in Advocacy. Read more

Finance and Administration

There's a fine line between accountability and judgment, writes the Rev. Brandon C. Lazarus, and how he repents for having recently crossed it with a brother in Christ. Read more


UMC Pastoral Accountability: What About Bishops?

Taking off from the Rev. Jeremy Smith's article on the dark side of church metrics, United Methodist layman Henry Neufeld looks at evaluating the effectiveness of bishops. Read more

Oct 2, 2012 4:47 PM Henry Neufeld

Legislative Committee

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The Rev. Jerry Eckert outlines a different set of priorities for the General Conference than those put forth by United Methodist leadership Read more