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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 ...

Reflection of year in the TiM program - Emmanuel Afful

Transition into Ministry Program


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 life.  We call this life long process of being conformed to the image of Christ Sanctification.  My strong conviction serves me: this process is not limited to just the  transformation of character and ...

God adores you

Lay Servant Ministries


I attended the installation of our new district superintendent on Saturday here in Lincoln. I have known Nancy for several years and wanted to celebrate her new role and offer my support. As part of the service, Nancy gave a very uplifting sermon describing our faith journey that can be stormy and challenging but always full of the Grace of the Holy Spirit. The new DS finished her thoughts with the reminder that “God adores you,” which is a phrase I have not heard recently. I thought you might ...

Pastoral leadership interns share their experience -- Abe Ruffcorn

Great Plains Interns


The Pastoral Leadership internship program is for young adults aged 18-22. This 10-week program provides young leaders the opportunity to experience pastoral work in the most “hands-on” way possible, while being supported by a mentoring pastor and a teaching congregation. Abe Ruffcorn served at Bonner Springs UMC in Bonner Springs, KS, for the summer of 2019. Below, Abe preaches his first sermon of the summer at Bonner Springs UMC. Abe leading worship at The Bridge, the Sunday evening worship...

A song to inspire your ministry

Lay Servant Ministries


Thank you for giving to the lord Song by Ray Boltz   I dreamed I went to heaven.  You were there with me.  We walked along the streets of gold, beside the crystal sea.  We heard the angels singing, then someone called your name.  You turned and saw a young man, he was smiling as he came.  He said friend, you may not know me now, but then he said but wait.  You used to teach my Sunday School, when I was only eight.  Every week you would say a prayer, before the class would start. One morning when...

Clergy Faith & Wellness: Weathering the storm

Rev. Shelly Petz


The Great Plains has experienced many storms, struggles, and disasters in the past year ... blizzards, floods, hail, tornadoes and earthquakes. Many of you have experienced these or know others who are living in the aftermath. There are also many clergy who have experienced storms of life in the past year ... death of loved ones, challenges in a ministry setting, health concerns, anxiety, questions of call. In the midst of storms and their aftermath, ministry needs and demands often continue, ...

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