|Young clergy pray for church|
The United Methodist Young Clergy Network is hosting a 40-day prayer campaign
for renewal, hope, and clarity of call. UMNS images courtesy of the
Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
A UMNS Report
May 28, 2009 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)
The United Methodist Young Clergy Network is leading a 40-day prayer
campaign for renewal, hope, and clarity of call for the church.
In the campaign, which began May 18 on the organization’s revamped Web
site, young United Methodist leaders from more than 20 annual
conferences are asking God to guide them through the darkness of their
times and to give them a vision for ministry and mission that brings
honor to Jesus Christ. The network also is seeking closer union with
God so that the witness of United Methodism will be strengthened
“Together, we will pray for the birth of new faith communities, the
calling and development of new leaders within the denomination, the
reduction of global disease and our ministry with the poor,” said
Jennifer Smith, a certified candidate for ministry in the Alaska and
Participants in the young clergy community are encouraging all people to join them in prayer by visiting www.umcyoungclergy.com, clicking "Prayer," and subscribing to the RSS feed.
The young clergy network has
revamped its Web site.
The revamping of the Web site and the prayer campaign grew out of a
meeting sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and
Ministry that pulled together 10 young leaders from around the country.
The network’s purpose is to support young clergy and candidates through
online and physical community.
"It's powerful to see an image of what you feel called to. That's one
reason we have images of young clergy in ministry on the home page,”
Smith said. “Many young leaders have shared stories of burnout and
isolation. We hope that talking in the forums and reading best
practices will inspire young candidates and clergy to strengthen their
voice at the local and conference level. And none of this happens
The Rev. Meg Lassiat, the board’s director of Student Ministries,
Vocation, and Enlistment, said the prayer campaign and Web site are
“more than just a project.”
“Over the next 40 days, we invite anyone to join young adults in
praying for the church, its renewal, and annual conferences happening
around the connection. Through the connections made on Facebook and
Twitter and other forums, we will build community in ways that weren’t
previously possible. Young adults from around the country are building
a community that will inspire and give hope for the church today and
the exciting future that God calls us to,” Lassiat said.
The material is available through the Web site as well as for purchase
through Lulu.com. The prayer guide, “40 Days of Prayer for the United
Methodist Church,” can be purchased in paperback or downloaded
electronically. All profits will benefit NothingButNets, the United
Methodist-supported effort to end mosquito-borne malaria in Africa with
The 40 Days of Prayer campaign is the result of the use of social
networking media. Many of the leaders in this project have not met face
to face, but have rallied around common ideas by interacting with one
another through blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.
The prayer campaign was organized to take place when a number of annual
conferences will be held. “We pray that these gatherings will generate
positive momentum for the denomination at the local level, and we are
optimistic concerning God's work to bring about a new thing throughout
the denomination,” Smith said.
The prayer book is available online.
News media contact: Linda Green, (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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