licensed local pastors

Harking back a few years, the Wesley Bros look at the idea that all Christians are ministers with varying roles and responsibilities. Read more


Black Lives Matter

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United Methodist communicators around the world chose the ongoing struggle against racism as the top news story for 2015. Read more

In the Church

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. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Raphael Aboua LLP

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The rise of the number of local pastors shows the United Methodist Church's tension between its missional nature and its standing as an establish institution, writes David W. Scott. Read more

Ordained Ministry

John Wesley Preaching

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A district superintendent's effort to provide more training for pastors reminds Geoffrey Kruse-Safford that the true ministry of United Methodism goes on in local churches far removed from big global debates. Read more

Local Church

Bishop Grant Hagiya 2012

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The final report of the Ministry Study Commission, now headed to the 2016 General Conference, says that ordination of elders and deacons should go faster, and that licensed local pastors should have more rigorous training. Read more

Ordained Ministry