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Laura Kirkpatrick (center) is ordained during the 2008 Tennessee Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Commentary: Preaching tips for new clergy

The Rev. A.W. “Bill” Martin Jr., emeritus professor of religion at United Methodist-related Oklahoma City University, offers some timely advice in a letter to new ordinands about applying what they learned in seminary. Read More

The Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe and her father, the Rev. Alan Nagel were ordained into the Oklahoma Annual Conference, June 1, 2016. Photo by Hugh Scott, Oklahoma Annual Conference.

A church first: United Methodist father, daughter ordained same day

Alan Nagel and his daughter went through seminary and became clergy together. She kids him now, “Those are all the Father’s Day presents for the rest of your life.” Read More

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

Supporters gather around Susan Laurie (center) during a service of Holy Communion on the first day of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Laurie, a lesbian, was ordained in an unauthorized service in the lobby of the Oregon Convention Center. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Grassroots group declares lesbian ordained

Lesbian unofficially ordained as United Methodist pastor by grass-roots group in defiance of church law. Read More

Raphaël Aboua (right) helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, United Methodist News Service.

Topic: Sacraments, Rites and Rituals

Explore how United Methodists understand baptism, communion, rites and rituals other Christian churches view as sacraments. More

At ordination, United Methodist clergy are prayed over, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and authorized by the church for their life and work. Photo by Emily Green, Indiana Conference.

Spirit empowered, church authorized: United Methodist ordination

What does The United Methodist Church teach about ordination? Learn more about the steps and blessings to become a deacon or elder. Read More

Ginny Mikita helps at a blessing of the animals with the Rev. Benjamin Hutchison at Cassopolis (Mich.) United Methodist Church. Mikita remains a certified candidate to become a deacon after officiating at Hutchison's wedding using online credentials. Photo courtesy of Mikita

Same-sex wedding officiant still clergy candidate

Ginny Mikita was told she forfeited her United Methodist membership when she got a quick online ordination. Those overseeing her candidacy disagree. Read More

The Rev. Cynthia Meyer stands in front of the Edgerton United Methodist Church in Edgerton, Kansas, where she is lead pastor. She came out to the congregation during her sermon on Jan. 3. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network

Complaint filed against Kansas pastor who came out during sermon

The Rev. Cynthia Meyer’s announcement comes in the lead-up to General Conference, where delegates are again expected to debate the church’s stance on homosexuality. Read More

Church leaders say by getting online credentials to officiate at a same-sex wedding, a candidate for ordination forfeited her United Methodist status. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Online ordination ends clergy candidacy

Church leaders say by getting online credentials to officiate at a same-sex wedding, a candidate for ordination forfeited her United Methodist status. Read More

More than 650 young adults attended Exploration 2011, Nov. 11-13, in St. Louis, Missouri. 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

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