Transition into Ministry Program


Connections, what the TiM program has meant to me - Kayla Mangrich

October 16, 2019

As I consider my time in the TiM program, I begin to think of the connections that I have made in the past four years. By being part of the TiM program, I believe my connection within the conference has strengthened and there is a sense of belonging between myself and other participants in the ...


Called: How our Conference Systems and Support Saved Me from Burnout - Daniel Kipp

October 14, 2019

          I’m an externally motivated person, something that I’ve learned through the Ordination Process and through my time in Transition into Ministry (TiM). Things and people in my local setting direct and energize me. TiM has helped me realize I need a calendar to boss me through the day. I ...


Six ways the TiM program has helped me be the faith leader I aspire to be - Tyler Kaufmann

October 09, 2019

In an age when Christianity is in decline, defying a call to pastoral ministry may be wise.  After all, according to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership new clergy last on average just 5 years in full time vocational ministry.  Yet, someone who has felt called to any vocation understands the ...


Reflection of 2019 in the TiM program - Isaac Chua

October 07, 2019

The TiM program has been a wonderful blessing for me for these first few years of full-time pastoral ministry. Coming fresh out of seminary, I was inexperienced and had a lot to learn as I transitioned from being a student to being a pastor. Being part of TiM afforded me with many opportunities to ...


Reflection of year in the TiM program - Emmanuel Afful

October 02, 2019

I look back into the past two years of my journey in the TiM program which started at Aldersgate UMC, Wichita, KS, [hereinafter Aldersgate] and what comes to mind is the word “PROCESS”.  As Wesleyans, we have a healthy and robust perspective on how God enables us to develop and live a God-shaped ...


Interested in TiM? Here's what you can expect

November 10, 2016

The Rev. Emily Cannon, pastor at First UMC in Auburn, Nebraska, responds to: What would you share about your TiM journey to those interested in the program? As I embark upon year four of my “Transition into Ministry” journey, I can honestly say that this program has been energizing, challenging and...


Reviving a Youth Ministry - Part 2

April 07, 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 ...


Reviving a Youth Ministry - Part 1

March 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 ...


Transitions

March 04, 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 ...


Interpersonal Relationships and Ministry

February 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 ...


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

January 07, 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 ...


"With a Little Help from my Friends" by Emily Cannon

November 18, 2014

Pastor Emily Cannon is currently serving as a TIM associate pastor at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska (2013-2015). When I enter my office on Monday morning, one of the first things I do is glance down at my (cheerfully color-coded!) calendar and look at all of the events and ...


Reflections on Two Years as a TiM Associate Pastor

November 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 ...


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

November 04, 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...


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

October 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 ...


Endless Fights by Wendy Mohler-Seib

August 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...


Leading from the Launching Pad by Emily Cannon

August 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 ...


Reflection Article by Andrea Beyer

August 24, 2013

Pastor Andrea Beyer served as a TIM Associate Pastor at West Heights United Methodist Church, Wichita, Kansas from 2013-2015. As I embarked upon my journey into Seminary, I was somewhat conflicted about what I would do once I graduated with my master of divinity. My call to go to seminary was very ...


Death Comes Knocking by Wendy Mohler-Seib

May 13, 2013

Pastor Wendy Mohler-Seib served as a TIM Associate Pastor at Chapel Hill Fellowship United Methodist Church; Wichita, KS from 2012-2014.  Seminary prepared me to identify the four steps of practical theology, thoroughly exegete a passage for sermon preparation,use Lowry’s loop, ancient perspectives...


A Pastor's Silence and a Pastor's Words by Austin Rivera

April 24, 2013

Pastor Austin Rivera served as a TIM Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church, Emporia, KS from 2012-2014. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Ancient Christianity program of Yale’s Religious Studies Department.   When Ambrose of Milan set out to write on the virtues to be cultivated by...


A tapestry made from the pairing of Seminary and mentoring

The Rev. Bill Gepford, pastor at Fremont First UMC in Nebraska, shares about the tools learned in Seminary and how those tools are shaped by an experienced mentor. Seminary gave me a lot of tools.  But it took experience under a mentor pastor to start using the right tool at the right time.   ...


Building relationships in ministry

Stefanie Hays, pastor at Ord First and Sargeant First in Nebraska responds to the following: What would you share with other entering young clergy regarding what you have learned about calling, mentoring, collegiality, and visioning?   Ministry can be difficult.  Yes, that would seem like a “duh” ...


Dear Emily Cannon in 2013

The Rev. Emily Cannon, pastor at Auburn UMC in Nebraska, reflects on her time in the TiM program by writing a letter to her younger self. Dear Emily-in-2013,                   Congratulations!  You’ve just graduated from seminary!  For the last three years, you’ve been immersing yourself in the ...


Ministry in the highs and lows

Kayla Mangrich, pastor at Plainville UMC in Kansas shares her experience in the TiM Program. In March of 2016, I received a phone call from (at that time) Hays D.S. Rev. Jim Akins informing me of an appointment in Plainville, KS. Soon after, I accepted and was officially appointed to Plainville UMC...


Reflecting on 2018, TiM Program

The Rev. Brenda Kostner Johnson, pastor at Anthony UMC in Kansas shares her reflections on Calling, Mentoring, Collegiality, and Vision. Calling Isn’t Static I could never have predicted how many times I would have to tell my “call story.” At each milestone (beginning seminary, entering the ...