Series spotlights local pastors in the United Methodist Church


Local pastors — non-ordained, and in most cases without a seminary degree — are growing in number and taking on more roles in The United Methodist Church.

In this series, United Methodist News Service’s Sam Hodges provides coverage of the overall trend, the rapid growth of part-time local pastors, the use of local pastors in Hispanic outreach and the challenges faced by local pastors in in the Central Conferences. The Great Plains Conference communications team will provide localized information within Hodges' stories as well as stories that relate directly to Kansas and Nebraska.

Part 1: The number of local licensed pastors is on the rise

Part 2: Part-time pastors claiming more pulpits

Part 3: Central conferences depend on local pastors

Part 4: Local pastors help lead Hispanic outreach

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