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TiM program, first year reflections - Alex Rossow

Transition into Ministry Program


I have experienced the gifts of the TiM program throughout my first year. There have been high points and low points during my first appointive year at Silver Lake UMC. There are many facets of the program that have greatly benefited me during my first year. Two of those gifts have been the relationships with pastors in the program and the mentoring of Maria Campbell. They supported me, they encouraged me, and they listened to me during my low points. They celebrated, shared their joy and their ...

United Methodist Church of the Future

Lay Servant Ministries


I was honored to represent my church at the Leadership Summit held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection last week, September 25-27. We were challenged in many ways to imagine our church of the future. Most importantly I was given hope that our church will survive but will likely look much different than it does now. Several points I brought home follow.   In order to make change, you first must tear the system down before it can be rebuilt. We have a system that is no longer ...

The TiM program has allowed me to experience a different way of doing life and ministry - Kyle Reynolds

Transition into Ministry Program


One of the realities that I’ve become accustomed to, though still not comfortable with, in this wild world of church leadership and clergy life is the presence of a feeling of competition among colleagues. I remember hearing in seminary about this as an unfortunate but unshakable fact of our shared profession – something like calluses are for people who work in construction. It was something that was bemoaned with the same passionless fervor that our Chicago winters were – with resigned ...

My first year in pastoral ministry - Lori Patton

Transition into Ministry Program


As I am journeying through my second year of pastoral ministry and second year as a TiM pastor I find myself more and more grateful for this program. When I speak with colleagues from Seminary in different conferences I feel grateful for the TiM program, the clergy excellence staff and the ways I have been fortunate enough to participate this last year+. With the TiM program you get intentional support. Not only through your mentor but through your cohort and the years ahead of you as well. We ...

Friendships in the TiM program, clergy collegiality - Rebecca Goltry Mohr

Transition into Ministry Program


The very first TiM gathering I attended was at a pizza parlor in Kearny, NE. Fresh out of seminary, there were boxes still waiting to be unloaded in the trunk of my vehicle from the long journey from Washington, D.C. back to the Midwest. To say that I was apprehensive or nervous about meeting my clergy peer group was a gross understatement. I knew nobody at that first pizza parlor gathering. I had not been a local pastor in the Great Plains conference or even gone to the same seminary with any ...

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

Transition into Ministry Program


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 program. In some way, I honestly feel as though there is (for lack of a better way to describe it) a feeling of ownership and even pride in our annual conference because we have a program that no other ...

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

Transition into Ministry Program


          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 excelled in school when I had a clear syllabus and deadlines. I struggled when I entered ministry and needed to be a “self-starter”. I felt lost and angry because I wanted to live out my call and I felt ...

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

Transition into Ministry Program


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 difficulty faced when attempting to avoid responding to such a calling be it as a clergy person, a nurse, a teacher, etcetera.  While I witness the good the church does, I also see the negative part ...

Reflection of 2019 in the TiM program - Isaac Chua

Transition into Ministry Program


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 grow in my calling, my gifts, and my abilities to being an effective pastor. I really appreciated the TiM Committee that met with me in my first appointment as an associate pastor to give me regular ...

Clergy Faith & Wellness: Saying thank you

Rev. Shelly Petz


Thank you. Thank you Clergy. Thank you Clergy families. Thank you congregations for supporting clergy. October is clergy appreciation month. Can you name one clergy person who has been a part of your faith journey in a powerful way? In honor of that pastor, would you be willing to share an act of appreciation for that pastor or another one?  What would our conference look like if every pastor knew and experienced that they were appreciated?  Maybe that appreciation would be multiplied just ...

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