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More than 650 young adults attended Exploration 2011, Nov. 11-13, in St. Louis, Missouri. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.; A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert

Are you called to full-time ministry? helps young people discern whether God is calling them to ordained ministry. Read More

Mary Ann Barclay. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network.

Board blocks lesbian candidate for ordination

Mary Ann Barclay says she was given reasons other than her sexuality for Southwest Texas board's decision. Read More

Church agency examines forms of ministry for lay, clergy

The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry is planning a series of churchwide discussions on the types of pastoral ministry offered in the denomination. Read More

Ministry commission identifies issues, sets timeline for work

A planned report by the commission studying ministry in the United Methodist Church aims to bring clarity to issues surrounding the theology of ordination. Read More

Conference withdraws clergy age guidelines

Texas Conference considered encouraging those older than 45 not to seek ordination but dropped proposal after clergy reaction. Read More

Furor over block to gay clergy candidate

Bishop asked to rule on due process in case of Texas woman who had completed steps toward ordination when she came out as lesbian. Read More

How old is too old to join the clergy?

A Texas Conference proposal to encourage people over 45 not to seek ordination is igniting debate. Read More

Conferences talk bishops, focus areas

United Methodist U.S. annual (regional) conferences and central conferences tackle a variety of issues during 2012 meetings. Read More

12 lessons from 12 General Conferences

Rich Peck has seen a lot of history and worn a lot of hats in five decades attending General Conference. Read More

Young adults lead social justice startups

An incubator for life-changing ministries, Spark12 allows millennials to hone leadership skills, begin new service ventures. Read More

Bishops vow to uphold same-sex union ban

Council of Bishops' letter is first response after statements by United Methodist clergy willing to bless such unions and by clergy opposed. Read More

Bishops react to homosexuality statement

Some urge prayer and dialogue. Others express disappointment. Still others support a call to lift ban on gay clergy. Read More

Final Study of Ministry report available online

A commission issues its final report on its work to clarify the ordering of ministry within The United Methodist Church. Read More

Commission wants further study of church’s ministry

The group will ask General Conference for four more years to review the United Methodist system of ordination. Read More

Ministry commission puts recommendations, survey online

The Study of Ministry Commission is proposing eight recommendations about the ordering of ministry. Read More

Survey, still under way, shows satisfaction with orders of ministry

Survey finds that isolation, itinerancy, guaranteed appointments and the need for better evaluation of the effectiveness are among concerns. Read More