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When we are defining ourselves in comparison to another person, we are not self-differentiating. They can make us feel mistakenly superior or irrationally inferior to another, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

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After the suicide of popular pastor Jarrid Wilson, the Rev. Benjamin Kevin Smalls has some counsel for other ministers on the importance of self-care. Read more

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These days our church is caught in a great struggle regarding our identity. Can we have enough faith to preserve what is good about Methodism, much as Jeremiah bought farmland to rebuild after Israel's conquest? Read more

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Possible effects of reductions in apportionments could include diminished support for institutions that educate United Methodist clergy, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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After 10 years preparing for ordained ministry, Ian C. Urriola has decided to relinquish his candidacy because his LGBTQ brothers and sisters can't be ordained as well. Read more

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Though suffering may await us because of our witness, we rejoice in the opportunity to share our faith in Christ, writes the Rev. Bill Steward Read more

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Jesus didn't come for a ministry of preaching; he came to proclaim God's good news, and that's what the church needs to do, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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A federal court in Minnesota has ruled that "love gifts" of more than $200,000 to a pastor from his congregation are actually taxable income that wasn't reported. Read more

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In the midst of trying times, the Rev. Melissa Hinnen finds hope and encouragement in her ordination. Read more

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

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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. Read 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. Read more


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." Read 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. Read 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. Read more


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. Read 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. Read more


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. Read more

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

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