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Reviving a Youth Ministry - Part 2

Transition into Ministry Program

4/7/2015

In Bill Gepford's previous blog the TiM associate pastor at Colby (Kanasa) UMC, shared how and why he started a youth program at Colby UMC. In this second of a two-blog series, Gepford explains the steps he took in preparation of the youth ministry kick off. I arrived shortly before July 1. These are the steps we took between July 1 and August 22 (the start of school and correlating kickoff of youth programming). You can take longer or shorter for this, but I'd plan on at least 50 hours spread ...


Reviving a Youth Ministry - Part 1

Transition into Ministry Program

3/31/2015

Bill Gepford is currently serving as a TiM associate pastor at Colby United Methodist Church, Colby, Kansas (2013-2015). Bill Gepford, TiM associate pastor at Colby (Kansas) UMC, shares how and why he started a youth program at Colby UMC. In this first of a two blog series, Gepford explains why he started the program and what he did once the program was in place. My Story: I serve as the Transition into Ministry associate at Colby United Methodist Church.  Even before I arrived in Colby, I got ...


Transitions

Transition into Ministry Program

3/4/2015

Pastor Andrea Beyer served as a TIM Associate Pastor at West Heights United Methodist Church, Wichita, Kansas from 2013-2015. It is hard for me to believe, but I am nearing the end of my first stage of the Transition into Ministry program. It seems like it was just a couple of weeks ago that I started here at West Heights UMC as an associate pastor, and yet here I am, already making my preparations to leave in just a few short months. I have learned a great deal about ministry in my time here, ...


Interpersonal Relationships and Ministry

Transition into Ministry Program

2/10/2015

Pastor Aaron Duell is currently serving as a TIM associate pastor at First United Methodist Church, Columbus, Nebraska (2014-2016). We humans were designed to be in relationship. We are really a chip off the old (Trinitarian) block. Ultimately, human meaning and purpose come from our relationships. They come from our relationship with God, our relationships with one another, and our relationship with creation.   To be a person is to be in relationship. Before the world began, our tri-personal ...


"On Pastoral Authority: It's a (Long) Process"

Transition into Ministry Program

1/7/2015

Pastor Brenda Kostner is currently serving as a TIM associate pastor at Stillwell United Methodist Church, Stillwell, Kansas (2014-2016). Whenever I consider the phrase pastoral authority, I flashback to my first year in seminary, to an early morning class called “Pastor and People”- a survey of pastoral roles and congregation dynamics. I had chosen that class as my practical class. Having just finished my undergraduate degree in history, I was ready to move out of history and theory and ...


Reflections on Two Years as a TiM Associate Pastor

Transition into Ministry Program

11/11/2014

  Rev. Austin Rivera reflects on some of what he learned in serving two years as a Transition into Ministry (TiM) Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Emporia, Kansas from 2012-2014.  He is currently in his first year as a Ph.D. student in the Ancient Christianity program of Yale’s Religious Studies Department.                 When I applied for the Transition into Ministry program I had a very limited idea of what I would gain from serving for two years under a mentoring senior...


On Sewer Lines and Car Troubles, Lessons for Ministry (and Life) in Transition

Transition into Ministry Program

11/4/2014

Rev. Andy Frazier is in his first year as Pastor at Frontenac (KS) United Methodist Church after serving for two years as Transition into Ministry (TiM) Associate Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE from 2012-2014.  Andy writes about lessons that he has learned in the transition from being an associate pastor to being a solo pastor as a part of the TiM program of the Great Plains United Methodist Church.   Last Monday morning, I arrived at church, and I was greeted with a ...


An Interview with a new Pastor: Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib

Transition into Ministry Program

10/23/2014

Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib served as a TiM Associate Pastor from 2012-2014 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, KS.  We interviewed her to learn more about some of what she experienced in her two years as a part of the Transition into Ministry (TiM) program.   What are some ways that your involvement in the TiM program shaped you in your first two years of full-time ministry as a pastor?             The TiM)Program served as an incubator for developing me into a more committed disciple...


Endless Fights by Wendy Mohler-Seib

Transition into Ministry Program

8/24/2013

Pastor Wendy Mohler-Seib served as a TIM Associate Pastor at Chapel Hill Fellowship United Methodist Church, Wichita, Kansas from 2012-2014. I dislike fighting.  I avoid hockey because of the bloody noses and flying fists.  In high school, I ran away and hid from fights while others gathered around to cheer.   People actually pay to watch WWF fights; that blows my mind!  On Wii Sports, I’ll happily challenge you in tennis or bowling, just please no boxing.  For a woman that hates fighting, I ...


Leading from the Launching Pad by Emily Cannon

Transition into Ministry Program

8/24/2013

Pastor Emily Cannon served as a TIM Associate Pastor at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska from 2013-2015. Looking back, I think that I was being called to pastoral ministry long before I started consciously considering it.  There are so many examples from my early years where I demonstrated a passion for Scripture, an eagerness to serve others, and a propensity for asking challenging questions—and in retrospect, I think that these aspects of my personality were “...


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