TX Conference of United Methodist Church Will Only Recruit Ministers Age 45 and Under
TX Conference of United Methodist Church Will Only Recruit Ministers Age 30 and Under
We know that the church is troubled in so many ways but to put age restrictions on who may be ordained as a minister under this denomination may be ludicrous and prejudicial.
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The overall average age of retirement is creeping slowly upward, but one regional United Methodist conference is promoting changes that would limit ordination opportunities for anyone over the age of 45.The Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) has proposed new guidelines for candidates entering ministry. The guidelines encourage those over the age of 45 to “to pursue other expressions of lay ministry,” and they aim to recruit younger clergy.But the UMC also acknowledges that ordination is a lengthy process. As a result, “elders 35 or older made up more than 94 percent of all provisional and ordained elders [in 2012], and 53 percent of all elders were age 55 or older.”
At their 2012 General Conference, they focused on creating a $7 million Young Clergy Initiative Fund designed to “increase the number of young clergy among the jurisdictional conferences,” to be administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).The goal was to provide a space for these young clergy to talk about the roadblocks and difficulties they have, or continue to face, as they move toward ordained ministry in the UMC, and to use this information as a basis for further action.
Another issue of concern for young clergy is the low number of ethnic minorities under the age of 30 currently seeking ordained ministry. Currently, 18 percent of the candidates for ministry in the United Methodist Church are under age 30—and of those 1,226 candidates, less than 14 percent are non-white.