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How old is too old to join UM clergy?

The Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church has proposed changing its minimum standards for clergy to discourage people over 45 from becoming candidates for ordained ministry. The conference’s board of ordained ministry is seeking feedback through September this year and does not plan to make any final decision on its standards until October. But […]

Too old to be an elder? Let’s hope not, UM pastor says

By Chappell Temple, Special Contributor… I’m almost surprised that Methodists haven’t crashed the whole Internet, as many emails, twitter messages, and blog pieces that have been circulating through cyberspace over the subject in recent days. For the “outing” of a Texas Conference internal proposal, one intended just for discussion, that would set an age limit […]

Bishop recalls childhood memories in new book

By April Carnik, Special Contributor… Anyone can see the world as it is with their own eyes, but having vision takes faith. That’s the theme of a new book, entitled What Do You See?, by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the UMC’s Texas Conference. While the book was written for children, leaders of the conference […]

Lon Morris College exploring merger or sale

Financially teetering Lon Morris College is exploring merger with or sale to another school. The two-year, United Methodist-affiliated college in Jacksonville, Texas, furloughed nearly all of its employees last month, after failing to meet three straight payrolls. It also suspended summer classes, and brought in Bridgepoint Consulting of Austin, Texas, to consider financial restructuring options. Based on Bridgepoint’s assessment, Lon […]