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May 3, 2012
by Art McClanahan
Ken Carter (Western North Carolina, USA, clergy) spoke about the General Conference’s decision about guaranteed appointments, missional appointments and safeguards.
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May 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm (UTC -6) Link to this comment
I am very disappointed that the GC has voted to abolish guaranteed appointments. Our statistics show that the average Methodist is 56 years old. What incentive do young people such as myself, who is looking for a graduate program, to do?
I was dead-set on going to seminary and completing the candidacy process, but now that this has happened, the security blanket that new ministers had is now gone.
In reality, a M.Div will allow me to become an adjunct professor, have proper credentials for reports, or serve the Church. I do not think I could invest my money into that degree without having a clear view of the future.
You may call me faithless, but many of my fellow brothers and sisters in college ministry are also worried, not that it means much. I just want to express my concern that we, as a Church, may lose those young men and women who have a passion for ministry, but do not have the funds or guarantee that the Church will assist them, should they earn the credentials for ordination.
May 4, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC -6) Link to this comment
If guaranteed appointment is why people are willing to enter ordained ministry and losing that guarantee is reason to not do so… I have to wonder about the sense of call. Those who are called by God should trust God, not an institutional guarantee of employment.
People entering many other vocational fields have no such guarantee. Some, though certainly not all, of those who do have a guarantee abuse it by getting lazy (think teacher tenure).
I only hope sufficient safeguards are established so bishops cannot move unilaterally, but only with advisement and approval by an AC Board of Ordained Ministry. While we’ve got a great bishop, these men and women are sinners, too, and could abuse their power.
May 4, 2012 at 8:59 am (UTC -6) Link to this comment
20 years ago I gave up the security of the life I had and served a local church in the role of FTLP. After 3 years of service in a growing congregation the Board of Ministry in my beloved Conference discontinued me………….because……………I WAS OVER WEIGHT! In the years that have passed it has been proven to be totally a medical condition and NOT lack of disipline. No one protested for me or said obese people need to be Loved and accepted! No, my family and myself were removed, no more job, no more insurance, and believe me, NO BROTHERLY LOVE! My D.S. actually made the statement my appearance was to “slobbish” to be in the United Methodist pulpit. We need to Pray and have a support system in gear for any people removed from appointment. Gods people should not be removed and forgotten about the way my Conference did to me 20 years ago. My family never did recover. We need to make sure the process has the witness of Faith and the Love of God at the very core. Taking a person out of an appointment process is one thing, treating them in a way that removes them from the LOVE and fellowship of the body of believers is something totally diferent. I know the effects, my life and existance has been an example of this. My Lord Loves me as his child, that has never been in question. The United Methodist church found it easier 20 years ago to disown me and FORGET MY EXISTANCE EVEN ………..well i think you get the point!
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