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There has been some great discussion about younger clergy, appointment making, and the culture of the United Methodist Church as a result of my review of The Crisis of Younger Clergy by Lovett Weems and Ann Michel. I have continued to think about this conversation the past few days and I have started thinking about one particular question that I would like to invite your feedback on: What would make for the ideal first appointment for a younger pastor?

I would love to hear from those of you who have experienced a first appointment as a younger pastor. I would be interested in hearing the thoughts of folks who have not personally beem young clergy in a first appointment, but have observed younger clergy and have thoughts about what would be most helpful. It seems to me that there are several issues surrounding this question: What are the stewardship issues? Development issues? Formation issues? etc.

What are your thoughts?