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

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10/23/2014

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 involvement in the TiM program shaped you in your first two years of full-time ministry as a pastor?             The TiM)Program served as an incubator for developing me into a more committed disciple...


Endless Fights by Wendy Mohler-Seib

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8/24/2013

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 to cheer.   People actually pay to watch WWF fights; that blows my mind!  On Wii Sports, I’ll happily challenge you in tennis or bowling, just please no boxing.  For a woman that hates fighting, I ...


Leading from the Launching Pad by Emily Cannon

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8/24/2013

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 demonstrated a passion for Scripture, an eagerness to serve others, and a propensity for asking challenging questions—and in retrospect, I think that these aspects of my personality were “...


Reflection Article by Andrea Beyer

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8/24/2013

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 clear – a direct audible message from God. Despite my years of praying about it, I was not so clear about where my seminary degree should lead me. Through many conversations with others and through ...


Death Comes Knocking by Wendy Mohler-Seib

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5/13/2013

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 on theodicy, and much, much more.  It wasn’t the classroom or field education that prepared me to face 13 funerals in the first nine months of my first appointment.  Instead, my walk through the ...


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

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4/24/2013

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 pastor, the first he hit upon was silence. Had he written a treatise on the difficulties of the pastoral office he could well have given silence pride of place there as well and named the chief ...


A tapestry made from the pairing of Seminary and mentoring

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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.   Seminary gave me a lot of tools.    I spent a semester on preaching, a semester on leadership, a semester on ecological healing and holistic evangelism (yes, that was a class), and a semester on the minor ...


Building relationships in ministry

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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” statement or an obvious idea.  True, that news is not earth shattering but what I found surprising were the ways in which ministry was difficult.  I had prepared myself for differing opinions, difficult...


Dear Emily Cannon in 2013

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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 study of theology and ministry, and you’ve been dreaming about the day when you’d begin to serve a congregation of your own.  And even though you spent the first 18 years of your life in the Rocky ...


Ministry in the highs and lows

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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 ...


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