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John Barclay III credits his Young Clergy Initiative-funded internship at Brunswick United Methodist Church, in Crystal, Minn., with confirming his call to pastoral ministry. He cites the chance to preach as particularly important. Photo by Sydnee Bicket for The Eli Project.

GC2016: Young Clergy Initiative up for renewal

Grant-based program to bolster young clergy ranks has produced success stories, matching funding, officials say. Read More

3 myths about young clergy

Think young pastors want to serve only young congregations? Or don’t value “mature” opinions? Drew McIntyre begs to differ. Read More

Pastor Jenny Smith preaches in Oct. 2012 at St. John's UMC in Anchorage, Alaska. Courtesy: St. John's UMC.

Called to Alaska: Pastor Jenny Smith

'There's a gift in the isolation.' A preacher’s kid, who found her calling as a teen, now serves in Anchorage and says the location has special blessings. View

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

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey prays with young adults who were attending Exploration 2013, an event for those considering God’s call to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Vicki Brown for the General Board of Higher Education

Church continues to see clergy aging trend

Report finds young elders slightly up in percentage, though big shift is toward local pastors. Read More

Gail Ford Smith

How Texas Conference has developed young clergy

The Rev. Gail Ford Smith, director of the Texas Annual Conference’s Center for Clergy Excellence, answers questions about strategy for developing young clergy. Read More

The Rev. Tyler Hege, 23, stands in the sanctuary of Shiloh United Methodist Church where he has served as associate pastor and youth pastor. Hege has now become the pastor at two churches, Bethel United Methodist in King and Mount Olivet United Methodist in Walkertown. Photo by Donnie Roberts, The Dispatch.

23-year-old leads two churches

Tyler Hege felt God’s call at age 12 but decided on a law degree instead. That’s when “God reined him in a different direction.” Read More

Daily Digest: June 11, 2014

“Sometimes we lose the gift of peace as we seek to find ourselves.” — United Methodist Bishop James E. Dorff at the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities. Read More

Daily Digest: June 10, 2014

“Two nurses have died of Ebola. I am a nurse. I can see the risk. We must be prepared.” — Beatrice Gbanga, a United Methodist missionary in Sierra Leone. Read More

Video image shows children at United Methodist Lazy F Camp.

UMTV: Seminarian Supports Military Kids

"Kids serve too. Small programs can make a huge difference." Learn how United Methodist Lazy F Camp focuses on the children of the deployed. View

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

Mentoring vital to keeping ministry alive

When done right, mentorship can help young clergy through challenging times. Does The United Methodist Church "do it right?" Read More

High Heels and a Mission: Rev. Tiffany Thomas

For Women’s History Month, meet a young clergywoman whose work in a church soup kitchen as a child inspired her to serve as pastor and mentor. View

Young Pastor’s Fresh Ideas: Rev. Stephanie Price

Stephanie Price encourages churches to partner with local farmers. "We're closing that gap between people outside our walls and people within." View

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

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