What I Learned from the Board of Ordained Ministry

Several weeks ago, I interviewed with the Board of Ordained Ministry in Kansas West and was continued as a provisional member of the conference. This is good news. It means that next year I will be eligible to be fully ordained and have all the rights and responsibilities of a clergy person within the United Methodist Church. I interviewed with a team of three persons – two clergy and one lay. I recognize that I am just starting out this ministry thing and always seek to learn from others. My final question for them was, “What advice would you have to offer me, as someone just starting out in ministry?” There responses are excellent.

  • Love the people.
  • Don’t denigrate what is happening when you first arrive in an appointment.
  • There are hands on practical things to do as a pastor – call when someone is not in worship, call when they come back to worship, make rounds like a doctor.

I appreciate all the wisdom that those who have gone before me in the path of ministry. I hope to always continue to learn from others.

What is some advice that you have received or that you have to offer for somone just starting out in ministry?

UMYC Booth at Annual Conference

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.

UM Young Clergy Bracket Challenge

I cordially invite all United Methodist Young Clergy to take part in NCAA Bracket Challenge at http://bit.ly/InYNK. You will need to create a login with CBS first. After that, the password is the full name of the founder of Methodism in one word & lower case. For example (andrewconard).

Tricky, I know…

If you would like to share via Facebook or Twitter, feel free to copy this text:
invites UM Yng Clrgy to NCAA bracket challenge @ http://bit.ly/InYNK Psswrd=full name of JW in one word & lower case #umyc

I am confident in my prediction that a college from within the South Central Jurisdiction is able to go all the way. Your only hint is: rock, chalk… 😉

United Methodist Young Clergy Social Media Guide

Social Media Guide

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
  • Twitter
    • #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 – http://bit.ly/umycsocialmedia