Three Questions to Challenge – and One to Encourage – Your Answer to God’s Call

Kim Cape, Rio Texas Annual Conference

Kim Cape explains how ministry in a rapidly changing world like ours requires dianoia – loving God with one’s mind, loving God with the way we put things together, and loving God with the way we put our world together in the name of the Gospel. READ STORY

The WellSprings Journal is an expression of who we are as United Methodist clergywomen. The need for “an instrument of some kind that could not only connect, but bond United Methodist clergywomen in a new and exciting way” was recognized 34 years after full United Methodist clergy rights for women were granted in 1956. Addressing that need, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry began publishing the WellSprings journal in 1988. In 2010, the Journal switched to an online format.

Here is the original invitation that Bishop Leontine T. C. Kelly, who died in 2012, sent to invite all United Methodist clergywomen to share their journey of ministry through WellSprings:

You are invited to create a journal of clergywomen. This journal is a forum for our collective experience and emerging stories as women in ministry. Our hope is to:

  • Make connections with other clergywomen.
  • Exchange our imaginings, knowledge, and ideas.
  • Call forth the creative spirit that exists in each clergywoman.
  • Nurture creativity through worship, music, visual arts, dreams, and dance.
  • Share our pain and anger.
  • Dance our joys and laughter.
  • Speak grace and compassion.
  • Seek authentic expressions of spirituality and celebrate our diverse experiences of the divine.
  • Reclaim the essence of the gospel as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Provide for the inclusiveness and affirm our diversity.
  • Advocate for women and all of creation.
  • Engender dreams, transformations, and a vision of wholeness in the Church.

We proclaim with Bishop Leontine Kelly that “Wellsprings of hope — it may well be the women of The United Methodist Church.” This journal is dedicated to that hope.


2019 – Unity in the Church

2018 – Claim Who We Are in Christ

2017 – Bodies, Oppression, and Gospel

2016 – Birthing a Worldwide Church

2015 – Clergywomen Lead Vital Congregations

2014 – Empowerment for All

2013 – What Next?

2012 – What Does the Lord Require of Us?

2011 – See, I am Doing a New Thing

2010 – Voicing Truth With Grace

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WellSprings, A Journal of United Methodist Clergywomen, is published by the Division of Ordained Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Editor: HiRho Y. Park

Managing Editor: Barbara A. Dick

Editorial Circle: Patricia Bonilla, Neelley Hicks, Anita Phillips, Jacqui Rose-Tucker, Trudy Hawkins Stringer