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Reflection of 2019 in the TiM program - Isaac Chua

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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 ...

Reflection of year in the TiM program - Emmanuel Afful

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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 ...

Interested in TiM? Here's what you can expect

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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 transformative. Applying to be part of TiM when I was in seminary was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I have encouraged seminarians to seriously consider participating in this program. ...

Reviving a Youth Ministry - Part 2

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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

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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 ...


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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

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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"

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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

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  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

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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 ...

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