young clergy

Anna Guillozet

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

Ordained Ministry

Young Clergywomen Video

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A group of young United Methodist clergywomen who have challenged a recent video by the Wesleyan Covenant Association have posted a video version of their statement. Read more

A Way Forward

Exploration 2013

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Hundreds of young people considering ministry as their vocation are expected at "Exploration," an introductory event sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Asbury Horse

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre argues that it's time for the UMC to give its longstanding tradition of moving pastors annually in favor of a longer-term pastoral appointment system. Read more

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United Methodist layman Dick Yarbrough finds hope for the church in the latest class of budding pastors for the North Georgia Annual Conference. Read more


Forbes Matonga

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The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's leadership seeks to adapt to the changing needs of The United Methodist Church. Read more

Ordained Ministry

5 Things the Church Should Stop for Lent

Rather than sacrificing sweets or social media, the Rev. Ben Gosden has a list of things the institutional church should stop doing for Lent ... and maybe permanently. Read more

Feb 26, 2015 2:59 PM Ben Gosden

Even though he has "aged out" of the category by just a couple of years, the Rev. Jim Parsons argues that defining young clergy as those under age 35 remains a good thing. Read more

Jim Parsons

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. Read more

In the Church


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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


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Once again, United Methodist bishops engage in an adventure in missing the point regarding how to invite young people into the church and encourage them into leadership, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Mature Clergy Illustration

The Rev. Mike Lindstrom ponders how The United Methodist Church will value -- or de-value -- its "midlife" clergy as it strives to recruit younger ministers and mature pastors retire. Read more

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Why Answer the Call?

Why Answer the Call?

Responding to a question from fellow blogger John Meunier about his post, "Vital Is As Vital Does," Dan R. Dick lifts up his hopes that The United Methodist Church can still attract capable young ministers. Read more

Mar 9, 2013 3:39 PM Dan R. Dick


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The Myth That Young Adults Have a Voice for Change

The Rev. Ben Gosden challenges the idea that young people can help change the UMC when their elders still frame the conversation around issues of decline. Read more

Sep 18, 2012 2:27 PM Ben Gosden

Brain Drain

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Church Metrics = Young Clergy Brain Drain

The Rev. Jeremy Smith of "Hacking Christianity" looks at the implications of the UMC's Young Clergy Initiative program, especially its emphasis on metrics Read more

Aug 22, 2012 11:17 AM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments