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Mentorship ... discipleship ...

Shane Hinderliter

Confirmation mentors as "disciplers" The Great Plains conference hosted three confirmation rallies across Nebraska and Kansas this spring. Several of the groups that attended were comprised of nearly as many adults as students – many of these adults were serving as mentors to the confirmation students. At one of the rallies a group of senior adults walked into the church looking for the restrooms about an hour before the event was scheduled to begin. I thought they were there for another church ...


Ministry in the highs and lows

Transition into Ministry Program

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 becoming the first Phase 1 solo Pastor in the TiM program.  Plainville UMC is my first appointment and there have been many highs and lows. Every church family has their struggles and PUMC is no ...


Reflecting on 2018, TiM Program

Transition into Ministry 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 candidacy process, interviewing for TiM, commissioning, church introduction), I thought maybe I would have the “final” story. However, if I have learned nothing else about a calling, it is that your calling ...


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