The United Methodist Church is on a push (dare I say crusade?) to recruit/attract younger clergy. Here is a chart, from umcyoungclergy.com, showing the decline in numbers of clergy under 35 in the UMC:
I jshttp://www.umcyoungclergy.com/blogs.htmut discovered this website today. I’m not altogether sure that this is the problem to address: I don’t think the United Methodist Church is attracting young church members at a particularly impressive rate either. Perhaps drawing young clergy and expecting thereby to attract younger members is getting the cart before the horse.
This is not to say there aren’t problems. Young people comment on the site that our ordination process is too long and complicated. My wife just completed the ordination process this year – and I’ll vouch for the denseness of the process.
Here’s the thing, though, that I’d like to point out. I took a brief spin around umcyoungclergy.com and selected the youtube link. There, one finds a video of the “General Conference 2008 Opening Worship” with a FIFTY SECOND intro!
I’m pretty sure young people don’t want to watch a 50 second introduction to a four minute video.