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Clergy Leadership
Formation
The
West Ohio Conference
helps local churches fulfill their mission of “making disciples of Jesus
Christ for the Transformation of the World” by identifying, enlisting, training, credentialing and
deploying spiritual leaders. Central to this work is the United Methodist denominational priority
of
“Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world.”
But the number
of young clergy is
critically low, and
young clergy frequently
require leadership skill
development after
seminary to effectively
lead churches in a
complex culture. The
West Ohio Conference
is meeting these needs
by developing a system
for Clergy Leadership
Formation, which
creates a Culture of Call,
Exploration, Transition
into Ministry and
ongoing Growth and
Accountability with
young clergy. This effort
is embodied in the
Local Church Residency
Program, Crucible,
Internship Program for
College Undergraduates,
E. Eugene Frazer
Excellence in Ministry
Scholarship Endowment
Fund and the Endowed
Residencies.
The Residency
Program
appoints
high-potential recent
seminary graduates
to healthy, growing
congregations where
they can be mentored
and coached by proven
lead clergy and lay
leaders for two years.
In the next year, West
Ohio will continue
to identify potential
residents early in
their discernment and
formation season.
Seminary students
identified as candidates
are being cultivated
while they are still in
school.
During 2011, there
were three residents:
Dan Metzger
,
appointed to
Anderson Hills United
Methodist Church,
will be deployed to
Lewis Center United
Methodist Church
on July 1, 2012 after
completing his
residency;
Jason
Wellman
, appointed
to Grove City United
Methodist Church,
where the
West Ohio
Conference
was
successful in converting
one of the associate
pastor positions into
a resident pastor
position; and
Seth
Oiler
appointed
to Peace United
Methodist Church.
Rev. Rachel Billups
,
our first residency
graduate and now
pastor of Shiloh United
Methodist Church, is an
example of the positive
results of the Residency
Program.
In early 2011, the
West
Ohio Conference
launched
Crucible
, a
two-year, eight session
clergy formation and
Dan Metzger
Seth Oiler
Rachel Billups
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2011 MAJOR AREAS OF FUNDING: CLERGY LEADERSHIP FORMATION