"Cultivating Young Clergy Leaders" is the title and subject of an article in this quarter's issue of the Circuit Rider, The Foundation for Evangelism reports.
Written by the Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick, Managing Director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School (and 2000-2001 Summer Intern for The Foundation for Evangelism), the article challenges clergy in The United Methodist connection to help equip, train, and empower the upcoming generation of their fellows.
He wants readers to know that young clergy won't fix everything that currently afflicts the church - but also cautions young leaders against buying into the myth that meaningful change only happens at higher levels in the life of the church. There is real power to change lives in the day-to-day acts of ministry, Kirkpatrick insists. It is not so much about re-inventing the way clergy in the denomination do things, but about finding the things that are "right with the church" and building on them, he states.
The article touches on some of the challenges facing young clergy in their ministry, while highlighting some of the creative things this "under 35" age group is doing to connect with and encourage one another.
Read complete article, Cultivating Young Clergy Leaders, published by Circuit Rider, Aug/Sept/Oct 2009 Issue on "Leadership Development." Circuit Rider is a United Methodist Publishing House publication.
The Foundation for Evangelism is an affiliate of The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. It provides grants and venture capital for the development of leaders with a passion for evangelism who will have a multiplying impact on the Church.