United Methodist clergy

Spiritual Foundation

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Rev. Jack Shitama talks about how Jesus' practice of "going apart to pray" is still vital for Christian leaders today. Read more

Practicing Faith

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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. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Surviving the rigors of church leadership with one's faith intact requires intentional tending of our spiritual assumptions about ourselves and the church environment, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

Practicing Faith

The Rev. Andy Bryan thinks the traditional Methodist idea of itinerancy, in which pastors are appointed by bishops to congregations, holds value for mission in the 21st century. Read more

Ordained Ministry

His own painful experience with the misuse of "religious freedom" spurs the Rev. Dr. William E. Alberts to warn vigorously against similar legislation being proposed and adopted in various states. Read more


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The Rev. Drew B. McIntyre contends that those who defy United Methodist law should be prepared to face the consequences, as should those who commit to civil disobedience. Read more

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Philip Brooks

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In response to scholar Joel L. Watts, seminary-educated lay church worker Philip Brooks says that laypeople have both the capacity and the calling to help The United Methodist Church determine its doctrine. Read more


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In a provocative argument, scholar Joel L. Watts contends that forming United Methodist doctrine is a task best left to the denomination's bishops and ordained clergy, without votes by laypeople. Read more

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Why Millennials Don't Want to Be United Methodist Pastors

From his ministry with young people of the Millennial generation, the Rev. Morgan Guyton finds another reason for their disaffection: American society is really not working right now, and the church doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it. Read more

Aug 2, 2013 9:02 AM Morgan Guyton

Pancake Machine

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Just so we United Methodists don't think we're the only ones struggling with how to "do church," here's a report the Rev. David A. Campton of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on how Irish Methodists juggle their ministry and administration. Read more



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Would It Be Better if Ministry Were a Bad Career?

The Rev. Teddy Ray ponders why The United Methodist Church strives so to makes its ministerial positions like attractive careers in business, when Methodist circuit riders took on an arduous calling for the love of God. Read more

Feb 5, 2013 9:36 AM Teddy Ray 3 Comments

GBHEM Webinar

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The general agency that handles ordained ministry issues urges bishops and cabinets to use part-time appointments sparingly now that guaranteed appointments for clergy have been restored by the Judicial Council. Read more

In the Church

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Conferences' cabinet members recently reviewed legislation approved by the 2012 General Conference that allows for part-time clergy appointments without pension benefits. Read more

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Fitzgerald Reist

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After an interpretation by the secretary of the General Conference, bishops and other leaders are questioning whether the global United Methodist legislative assembly actually eliminated guaranteed appointment for clergy. Read more

In the Church 5 Comments

Guaranteed Appointment Vote

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Sixty percent: a poem

The Rev. Morgan Guyton reflects in verse on the impact of the supermajority that decided most issues at General Conference. Read more

May 9, 2012 2:11 PM Morgan Guyton

Young Clergy

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The Rev. Amy Lippoldt describes the background of the General Conference action to do away with guaranteed clergy appointment. Read more

GC Archive

Bishop David Yemba

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After an April 30 sermon asking delegates to have faith, the May 1 proceedings at the 2012 General Conference proved to be one of tumultuous votes and demonstrations as delegates abolished guaranteed clergy appointment and retained anti-LGBT stances by the closest margin ever. Read more

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What UMC Restructure Proposals Are Ignoring

Rev. Jerry Eckert points out that a wave of clergy retirements on the horizon are being ignored by virtually all of the proposals to restructure The United Methodist Church. Read more

Apr 10, 2012 11:01 AM Jerry Eckert 8 Comments

Pastor Tracey's Story

John Meunier shares the heart-breaking story of a licensed local pastor whose successful ministry was shot down by a short-sighted congregation and a hardhearted United Methodist system. Read more

Apr 2, 2012 12:31 PM John Meunier

Super Clergy

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The Church Systems Study provides the most accurate and highly disturbing portrait of The United Methodist Church, and gives sensible recommendations for how to relieve unhealthy stress on clergy. Read more