Intineracy vs Call: The Grass is not greener

Bonney_TimTim Bonney offers an interesting critique of UMR Columnist Dr. Donald Haynes’ latest article on his perceived problems with our system of itineracy:

Instead of resenting the itineracy I have found it incredibly freeing.  I feel much more comfortable putting my ministry in the hands of a spiritually led cabinet with theological training and experience to pick the place of call then the random process of sending out resumes, hunting for a church, and going through interview processes which often do not lead to a good pastoral match of graces and gifts.

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The grass is not greener. When a congregation is honest with the cabinet about their hopes and dreams for the future and how they are in mission to their surrounding area, this system works for the benefit of the entire church. My concern is that many congregations do not want to be in mission, they want someone to take care of them. Instead of being honest they tell the DS what they think the DS wants to hear. This happened to me recently. I had all of the qualifications that the congregation told the DS they wanted so that we… Read more »


“Intineracy” is a joke. For years the little church I attend has tried to keep pastors who have come into the community and “fit” but they have always wanted to move on to bigger and greener pastures. The bishops and the cabinet ALWAYS agree and move them on. What with the political aspect of the church and the need of the common folk, the system of the umc is a joke.\; what with all the political stuff that dictates the direction of the church, the umc system as we know it is broke beyond any repair……………………………….

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