Within the first day of 6 Questions for The United Methodist Church, someone asked,
Is this only for young clergy?
The answer is a resounding no. While 6 Questions for The United Methodist Church is hosted by
www.umcyoungclergy.com it is open to all people of The United Methodist Church.
The project becomes better with each person that votes or submits a question. I trust the witness of the Spirit active in many people.
To participate visit:
To read more, visit:
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young adult clergy booth at the Kansas West Annual Conference, participants were invited to add a post it note sharing dreams for The United Methodist Church. The responses were (in no particular order):
to no longer support abortion
All means All..
Love God. Love people.
To respect & value young clergy
AC is all Twitter
1. Prisons close for lack of business; 2. Ignite your ministry where the flame meets the cross; 3. Put your faith to work where the flame meets the cross.
Wow we have met our church budget and it’s only
July Our whole church invites our whole town to VBS
Economic and Environmental Justice; The church as a prophetic voice.
That we would dream
Transformation of the world through Jesus Christ
Recruit young people!
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Last week, I was part of the Kansas West Annual Conference. It was a great conference. I tried a new thing and reserved a booth for young clergy. This had several positive outcomes, including:
Gathered a (perhaps) comprehensive list of young adult clergy within the annual conference
Increased awareness of young adults in ministry in the conference
Created space to share words of wisdom about ministry
Created space to share dreams for the denomination
Shared information about
40 Days of Prayer and Exploration 2009
I felt that it was a significant step in encouraging young people in ministry within Kansas West.
Jeff Slater for the photos!
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I reserved a booth at Kansas West Annual Conference for young clergy and have the following ideas…
Gathering place for young clergy
Distribution of social media guide for UM Young Clergy
Distribution of physical copy of 40 days of prayer initiative
Share ideas for young clergy gatherings throughout the year
Potentially a place to audio record stories of young clergy to be able to share with others.
What else purposes might a booth at annual conference for young clergy serve? Add comments here and I will compile into a document to be used in any conference.
We are a movement of young pastors committed to the fact that God is not done working among us. The numbers and statistics may tell us the end is in sight. But God does the best work in places in need of resurrection.
We’re committed to supporting each other, collaboration instead of competition and unity in love. This is a guide to facilitate social media connections among UM Young Clergy.
Join the Facebook Group –
UMC Young Clergy ( http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=14163293652) Tags or categories for blogging,
Flickr, Delicious, etc.
umyc – all things related to UMC clergy under age 35
umc – all things related to the United Methodist Church
#umyc – all things related to UMC clergy under age 35
#umc – all things related to the United Methodist Church
Add yourself to
http://wefollow.com under #umyc Annual Conference Specific
Add your annual conference as a prefix to the above. For example, for the Kansas West Annual Conference it would be “kswumyc” for a blog post about clergy under age 35 in the Kansas West Annual Conference or “#kswumc” for a tweet about the United Methodist Church in the Kansas West Annual Conference.
Continue to visit
UMC Young Clergy ( http://www.umcyoungclergy.com) as it will continue to be updated over the coming months. Next Step
Share this document with others. Feel free to copy and paste the entire text for a blog post and add an appropriate introduction. You can use the short cut –
Thursday and Friday of last week I was part of a gathering of 10 young adult leaders to discern best practices for supporting young clergy in the UMC. This grew out of conversations that began at the
UMC Young Clergy Facebook group, video documentary on young clergy and the umc young clergy website.
We named issues of isolation / community and leadership development / mentoring as top concerns among young clergy. If you are interested, you can check out the
live blogged event. But this gathering was not just about talk, we are going to do something about it and you are invited.
I am on the team that is working around building community among young clergy facilitated by online resources.
What ideas do you have that could help build community online?
What services / sites do you actually use on a regular basis?
My previous posts on this subject:
Thursday and Friday I am at a gathering of 10 young adult leaders to discern best practices for supporting clergy in the UMC. I invite you to join us live and contribute:
I and others are live blogging the event. It’s fun.
I invite you to check it out
I have received this comment more than once in my time serving as a pastor at Resurrection. It makes me wonder…
What does the individual think of me as a pastor now?
When does the transition from “will be” to “are” happen?
Does this have to do primarily or exclusively with my age? (27)
Is there any other way to respond other than with, “Thank you”?