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Ordination?

Posted on March 9, 2016

“So, you weren’t a real pastor before?” 

“Weren’t you already ordained?” 

“Were the weddings you performed before legal?” 

The general public doesn’t think (or care that much) that much about what it means to be an ordained pastor, which makes sense to me. Why would they? So when I recently received some of these questions after being approved for ordination this summer in The United Methodist Church here in Indiana, (whose requirements include: a Master of Divinity from an accredited and approved seminary, a 2yr (in Indiana, 3) probational period of full-time ministry, countless pages of paperwork, at least 2 full psychological exams and assessments…to mention a few) I wasn’t offended at all, because most people simply don’t know what it means to be ordained as a pastor.

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365: Finances

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1 Take

Posted on August 21, 2014

I am in my 13th year on staff at Castleton United Methodist Church. For the past 5 years I have been one of the pastors of this church. I have attended Church Council meetings from the beginning. It was not uncommon for us to have over 40 members as a part of our Church Council. It was also not uncommon to have only about 1/3 of the members show up to meetings. It became apparent this model of church leadership was not effective or engaging. On January 1st of 2014, we began to operate our church under a single board model, which had been vetted by the Cabinet and Bishop of our Annual Conference. What follows is the function, structure, selection, and scope of our single board, known as the Leadership Team.

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365: Programming

Posted on August 4, 2014

365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year. Less than a year from now Sunrise, a campus of Castleton United Methodist Church, launches as a new, stand-alone United Methodist church. July 1 of 2015. In this post I’ll be describing what our Programming looks like for the Fall as Sunrise moves towards its eventual end and beginning as a new church.

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