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The UMC-Resurrection’s Solution

Just last week I sat in a meeting where strategies and action steps were planned out to address the leadership challenges facing the UMC (see previous posts). About a half dozen different strategies are being worked out right now. Some of these strategies are…1. Creating an event for those feeling called to ministry where they can explore that possible calling and next steps. 2. Being more intentional in allowing our upper elementary children to hear God’s call to ministry. 3. Creating a tracking system from 3rd grade on up where people are given the opportunity to hear God’s call and the church guides them through the process until they reach ordination. 4. Creating a Resurrection internship program that is intentional in helping interns discern their call to ministry and or seminary. 5. Preach a weekend sermon on God’s call in our lives.

Good stuff about to happen. I’m personally involved in step number 4 “Creating an Internship Program.”

I believe all these steps are the foundation to raising up a new generation of leaders. Still one challenge I see in all this is the fact that when people are called out from Church Of The Resurrection to another UMC the differences between Resurrection and most any other church is generally quite large. So the question is how do we equip our members to lead other churches who are very different from ours? I don’t have an answer to that one yet.

I’m very interested to see what happens and believe that Church of The Resurrection has the opportunity to make a huge difference in the UMC and in the lives of many people.


The UMC-the challenges

My previous post mentioned the strategic priority team that I’m involved in with the United Methodist Church Of The Resurrection. That priority is to “Raise up a new generation of Pastoral leaders for the UMC.” Obviously by creating this strategic objective and making it a priority in our church that the United Methodist Church in general is facing some challenges in the area. At one of our first team meetings we reviewed a few of these challenges that the denomination is facing. I thought I would share some of them with you.

  1. The average age of a pastoral leader in the UMC is 52.
  2. Less than 7% of pastoral leaders are under the age of 35.
  3. Pastors are most effective at reaching people who are within 10 years of their age of either side (42-62 right now)
  4. If the current trends continue in the UMC this denomination will not exist in 44 years.

Some very big challenges lie ahead for the denomination, and looking at these challenges you can see why we believe that equipping the younger generation and intentionally guiding them towards ministry in the UMC is the best solution to getting the UMC on the right track. I hope to share some of the specific steps our team is taking to address these challenges in my next post.



Each year the United Methodist Church of The Resurrection selects a few strategic priorities to focus on. This year I am on the team which has been given this task to “Raise Up a New Generation Of Pastoral Leaders For The United Methodist Church.” Specifically we are addressing the present and future leadership challenges in the UMC, we are going to figure out ways we can help young high capacity leaders to listen for God’s call into ordained ministry. Our hope is to prepare 100 young people to enter seminary before they turn 30 by the year 2020. Obviously we will not accomplish all of this in 2009 but we are beginning the process. The team that I’m involved in has 15-20 leaders from Resurrection both staff and lay leaders. Together we’ve developed strategies and action steps to start working toward achieving this goal. Over the next week or so I will post a series of posts on the United Methodist Church, the action steps we are taking to achieve these goals and some of my thoughts on all this. I have found it very interesting and very exciting and hope you’ll enjoy it!!


Nick’s Favorite Things!

The 3rd installment of Nick’s favorite things…if you have something you would like me to consider for my next list I open to suggestions.


  1. Nabisco Wheat Thins Artisan Cheese Crackers…Especially The Vermont White Cheddar Flavor
  2. The Office
  3. Emergen-C Vitamin Water (Tangerine and Dragon Fruit flavors)
  4. The Unit
  5. The Grandview Recycling Center…(Can’t beat free recycling!)


I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel soooooooooooooo bad!!!!!


Free Blog Entry!

Thanks to Pastor Andrew Conard I got a free blog entry…meaning I did very little thinking composing this entry. Enjoy!

An Experiment In Improving UM Social Media Exposure

Kevin Watson at has started an experiment to see how much social capital Methodist bloggers have. This experiment was prompted by the feeling among some Methodist bloggers that United Methodism does not always do as good of a job as it could at getting the Wesleyan message out there, particularly on-line. So, he wants to see how many views a YouTube video can get if Methodist bloggers work together to promote it. The experiment is to see how many hits the video will receive in two weeks.

If you want to participate you can: First, watch the video below. Second, copy and paste this entire post into a new post on your blog and post it. Third, remind people about this experiment in one week.

Based on the results of the experiment, Kevin will get in touch with the folks at Discipleship Resources and let them know the ways in which Methodist bloggers are often an underused resource.

Here is a link to the video:


New Sermon Series

This past weekend a very interesting sermon series began at our church. Check out this website to see what it’s about…



This weekend’s sermon at The United Methodist Church Of The Resurrection was given by Rev. Jeff Clinger. The sermon was about our covenant with God and new beginnings. A quote from the sermon I found especially interesting was…..


“God Loves You Exactly The Way You Are, But He Doesn’t Want You To Stay That Way”


This is a great quote and is a great incentive to have a new year’s resolution that relates specifically to your walk with Christ.


Everything here represents my own opinion and not the opinion of The United Methodist Church of The Resurrection or The United Methodist Church. It's purely my own random thoughts.