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Commentary: A difficult obedience

by Michael J. Gehring* Adam Hamilton, in the closing session of the 2015 Leadership Institute at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, related how he and the other ministers at the church work diligently to foster a culture of call. In Sunday school classes, youth meetings, and in other venues, they encourage youth and […]

Recently Read: The Vanishing of the Middle Class Clergy

Not only is church attendance in long-term decline, but financial giving by church members is at Depression-era lows. Meanwhile, seminary students are taking on ballooning debt for a career that may not exist by the time they graduate.

Thinking outside of the box for pastoral leadership.

Who is providing pastoral leadership in United Methodist Churches?  Many of us think that seminary educated elders are providing the pastoral leadership for United Methodist churches, but here in the Tennessee Conference (where I live and work) and in many other conferences, the majority of United Methodist churches are not being served by seminary educated […]

Retired UM pastor supports young, new clergy

By Jackie Campbell, United Methodist News Service… Much has been written about the “crisis of younger clergy” in the United Methodist Church, and a look at the numbers confirms the crisis is real. With only 5.6 percent of United Methodist elders under the age of 35, and burnout taking its toll on them, the church’s […]