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RCM: Another clergy member facing church trial

In a commentary on biblical obedience at The Reconciling Ministries Network blog we learn of another clergy member about to face trial for performing a same-sex wedding: Rev. Frank Schaefer, elder at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, performed the wedding of his son Tim and his partner over 5 years ago. […]

GBHEM Board Approves Budget, Discusses Education Fund

We were unfortunately out of town when this came through and are just now catching up. Vicki Brown reports on the latest meeting of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Board meeting: Plans for the Young Clergy Initiative, the Central Conference Theological Education Fund, a report on a coming shortage of elders in […]

A bivocational minister warns against bivocational ministry…

Carol Howard Merritt offers a critique of the call these days towards bi-vocational ministry: I am bi-vocational. I love it. I feel called to it. I know what people say in support of it. I know that many of our African American and immigrant pastors have been bi-vocational for a long time. But I want […]