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Ministering to 3 churches brings challenges, joys

A British Methodist minister tends to three very different congregations in Cheshire, including one at a chapel owned by the National Trust. Read More

Sisters Gerda Liermann (left) and Elfriede Harders are among a group of United Methodist deaconesses living in a retirement center in Hamburg, Germany. Each of the sisters has her own room. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

German deaconesses reflect on lives of service

United Methodist deaconesses in Germany recall full, happy lives in service to God. Read More

Book of Resolutions: Every Barrier Down: Toward Full Embrace of All Women in Church and Society

According to this statement from the Book of Resolutions, the church affirms Read More

Why does The United Methodist Church ordain women?

Clergywomen have been part of Methodism since John Wesley licensed Sarah Crosby to preach in 1761. Read More

Commentary: Women in the Ministry

The Rev. Diana DeWitt considers the question of whether women should serve as clergy through the Wesleyan quadrilateral, using Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason. Read More

Commentary: Women in Ministry

The Rev. Joy J. Moore considers three biblical texts commonly used to argue that women should not be preachers. Read More

Commentary: United Methodism and the Ordination of Women

On the question of the ordination of women, The Rev. Dr. Frank Gulley says that Methodists begin by underscoring the point that all baptized Christians are ministers of the gospel. Read More

Commentary: The Ordination of Women

In considering this question, The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper reminds us that contemporary theology of ordination cannot be read back into the biblical text, but the ministry of women in the early church is instructive. Read More

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Women pastors growing in numbers

But study finds “lack of support from the hierarchical system” top reason women leave pulpits for extension ministry. Read More