Finding Stability and Community in Itineracy

by Kathy Randall
My parents moved while I was out of the country this summer. Again. My parents have moved many times, and so have I, because my father is a United Methodist minister. Growing up… read more

Itineracy and Guaranteed Appointment: Neither is the Key to Growth

by Patricia M. Y. Chang
One of the distinctive characteristics of the United Methodist Church today is the itineracy system coupled with a guaranteed appointment for ordained clergy. Whereas other… read more

Ambition in Ministry

by Robert Schnase
At a pastor’s retirement party, someone shared the observation that there was always “more church” when the pastor turned in his keys at the end of his tenure… read more

Retirement Repositioning

by Brian K. Bauknight
Throughout my adult life and ministry, I have been a hopeful and mostly positive person. In fact, “encouragement” shows up as one of my spiritual gifts for leadership… read more

In Babylon: Holy Living Amidst Empire

by Walter Brueggemann
Our capacity to let the Bible be contemporary among us depends on spotting imaginative analogies between our time and ancient time. One such analogue is the notion that Christians … read more

Developing Lay Leaders

by Dan Entwistle
A few years back a pastor approached me with a complaint about his ministry. He was facing a significant challenge of finding leaders. “My church just doesn't do a good job… read more
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