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The Crisis of Younger Clergy [Paperback]

By Lovett H. Weems Jr. (Author) & Ann A. Michel (Author)
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Pages   147
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687651093  
EAN  9780687651092  

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The Crisis of Younger Clergy by Lovett H. Weems Jr.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lovett H. Weems Jr. is distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at WesleyTheological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He came to this position in 2003 after 18 years as president of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Weems is a graduate of Millsaps College; Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University; and Wesley Theological Seminary. The author of several books published by Abingdon Press, his most recent includes "Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results" (with Tom Berlin) and a revised edition of his classic, "Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, and Integrity". He co-edits the online newsletter "Leading Ideas", available free at

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I Hope Methodists Will Read This Book, and Heed the Words Inisde  May 16, 2008
Weems and Michel provide a compelling case for the United Methodist Church's growing need for clergy under the age of 35. The number of young clergy has drastically declined over the last 20 years, and Weems believes this is a startling trend. I would assume that some United Methodist leaders would want to dismiss Weems, believing that an influx of second career clergy persons will continue to be adequate for maintaining appointments, but I believe such a dismissal would be a mistake. Weems is right to assert that Methodists need to refocus on youth ministry, cultivate a culture of calling in their churches, and identify young leaders in the denomination who have gifts for pastoral ministry. A vision for young leadership is nothing less than a dire need, and I commend Weems and Michel for providing this study and providing a wake up call for what is indeed a crucial issue in the church today.
Helpful and insightful analysis  Mar 29, 2008
This book by Weems and Michel analyzes the results of a study completed in 2006 by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. (although supplementary statistics for the past two years have been added to those results). The Lewis Center study gathered data on trends on clergy age in the United Methodist Church, and the results confirmed what many already thought - the number of young adults clergy in the UMC has declined precipitously since 1985.

The reasons for the decline are complex, but it is at least interesting that, for those who do enter the ordained ministry, dissatisfaction and disillusionment are not significant factors causing people to leave the ministry. In fact, an overwhelming majority of those who are in ordained ministry report very high levels of satisfaction with their calling. Instead, it appears that the decline in the number of ordained elders stems from a failure at recruitment.

Weems and Michel offer several reasons why the numbers of those entering the ministry have declined so much, but the real strength of their work here is in offering a thorough analysis of what the church can do to promote a "culture of call" that will make room for the Holy Spirit's call to be heard by youth and young adults in a local church context.

If you are United Methodist and care about the future of the church's leadership, this book has much to offer.

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