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The Rev. Ken Nelson serves on the Ministry and Higher Education/Superintendency Committee at General Conference 2016. The panel last week worked on clergy-related petitions dealing with guaranteed appointment and early ordination, among other issues. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Clergy-related petitions pass GC2016

Delegates approve some legislation, but ‘early ordination’ and effort to end guaranteed appointment die in committee. Read More

FAQs: Leadership

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How pastors can ‘bloom where planted’

Clergy - not just military families - deal with frequent moves, new assignments and expected and unexpected anxieties. Read More

2012: Judicial rulings play big role

The actions of the denomination's top court were felt and debated throughout the connection. Read More

Reinstated bishop’s next move unknown

The situation is unprecedented. One possibility is that Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe would go to the New Mexico/ Northwest Texas Area. Read More

Top court has full docket this week

Among 18 items to be considered by United Methodist Judicial Council are guaranteed clergy appointments. Read More

Bishops of the United Methodist Church in Angola lay hands on a new pastor during a 2006 ordination service at the West Angola Annual Conference session at the Icolo e Bengo United Methodist Church in Luanda. The United Methodist Church in Angola played a

Court to weigh end of clergy job guarantees

Proponents say changes will help bishops make "missional appointments." Critics worry of potential for abuse. Read More

New wrinkle in appointment security

The United Methodist connection has been abuzz about a letter calling into question whether General Conference really ended clergy job guarantees. Read More

Bishop’s retirement reversal sets new path

Vow of North Texas' Bledsoe takes conference and church into waters uncharted as episcopal elections loom. Read More

Bishop’s retirement fight takes new turn

Episcopacy panel chairperson says committee encouraged Bledsoe to retire early based on evaluation, conversations with North Texas leaders. Read More

The Rev. We Hyun Chang, a pastor in Belmont, Mass., and a delegate from the New England Annual (regional) Conference, argues to reconsider retaining guaranteed appointments for clergy, during a debate at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The guarantee of an annual appointment for elders was eliminated by the conference on May 1.

GC2012: Vote ends guaranteed appointments

Item passes quickly on May 1 consent calendar among other measures; effort to reconsider fails. Read More

Briefing previews General Conference issues

Delegates consider issues from reorganization to roles of bishops to an operating budget that is smaller than in the previous quadrennium. Read More

Supreme Court shields church from bias laws

United Methodist leaders say the decision puts the onus on the denomination to do justice in its hiring practices. Read More

Group proposes alternative restructure

Methodist Federation for Social Action is the only unofficial caucus to submit its own reorganization to General Conference. Read More

2 big disputes ahead at General Conference

Proposals to restructure agencies and end "guaranteed appointments" for clergy stir reactions across theological spectrum. Read More

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