03 Anita Phillips

A Walk to Remember

By Anita Philips. What does the Lord require of us? According to Micah 6:8, we are required to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God. The Editorial Circle of Wellsprings, in considering issues of importance to United Methodist clergywomen, chose this scripture to be the focus of the current issue. Our discussions and discernments of what it means to be faithful and responsive to what God requires of us led us to consider four aspects of this simple scripture that seem to have special application to us as clergywomen. These four are: effectiveness, inclusiveness, accountability,…
11 Hee An Choi

Salary Study

By Hee An Choi. When people are called to ministry, salary is not the first thing they consider in their hearts. The common assumption in Christian ministry is that pastors should expect to “leave everything behind,” including material possessions and personal comforts. Discussions of pastor salaries have long been taboo in Christian ministry practices in many denominations. While salaries are the first and the most important issue for personal well-being in secular society, salaries are the last and least important issue for a pastor’s well-being in the practice of ministry. As a result, very little research has been conducted on…
10 Libba Stinson

Sister Strength: Grace, Growth, and Wit

By Libba Stinson. Over the centuries Native peoples have planted, eaten, and revered squash, corn, and beans as nature’s life-sustaining gifts. They are known throughout traditional teachings as the “Three Sisters.” Native American legends tell of the spirits of the Three Sisters safeguarding and blessing the harvests of these three crops. The sisters are said to be inseparable, a blessing to be planted, eaten, and celebrated together.
09 Minerva G. Carcaño

Trusting the God Who is Ever Faithful

By Minerva G. Carcaño. A beloved aunt of mine recently reminded me that when I was in high school, she had told me that wherever I led, all my cousins in my large extended family would follow me. There was a tone of responsibility in her statement, and it made me shudder. I vaguely remembered it, and began to immediately think about whether I had led well. I was, in my head, going through my relationships with the long list of my cousins when she continued, saying in a pensive way, “I wish they had followed you . . .”
03 Cynthia Fierro Harvey

Passionate Leadership

By Cynthia Harvey. When God called Nehemiah, God did not call him to simply manage a project; God called Nehemiah to lead and do so boldly. I believe that is the same kind of bold leadership God calls us to today. God calls us to lead from within with vision and with purpose. God calls us to leadership that requires risk, that takes us to places and decisions that stretch us—and takes us beyond our comfort zone.
07 Mary Ann Moman

Leadership – Micah-Style

By Mary Ann Moman. It was the middle of the night, and we were gathered in the hospital room. One of my parishioners was dying. Her family rotated in and out of the room, each taking turns holding her hand and often saying prayers out loud. Her husband of more than fifty years recited Psalm 23. I was their pastor, and I was eight months pregnant. I stood with the family as death was imminent, my belly swollen with new life.
06 Susan W. N. Ruach

Creativity and Learning

By Susan W. N. Ruach. In a recent conversation, a friend shared that he has started taking a class in watercolor painting. “I’m learning patience,” he said, “because you have to wait for the paint to get really dry between each color.” Later he acknowledged that he suspected it would also help him with patience in other areas of his life. That conversation got me thinking about what I have learned from my own creative endeavors.
05 Joaquina Filipe Nhanala

The Ministry of Presence: The Importance of Building Capacity Among the Laity

By Joaquina Filipe Nhanala. African sayings, stories, recalling to memory conversation of the elders in my family, are among my sources for self-education to aid in understanding what is important, as well as the expectations of my fellow African Christians as I use them as a source for the communication of the Gospel. Coupled with this are the informative thoughts that come from my participation in young people’s meetings as well as visits I have received from them.
03 Molly Fraser

Guaranteed Appointment

By Molly Fraser. Guaranteed full-time appointment is concurrently entering my reality, as it is on the table to be voted out. I write from the perspective of a white, thirty-five-year-old, first-year provisional member of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. When I was commissioned last year, our conference made it clear that they did not have full-time appointments available to newly commissioned members. The tide has changed. Thus, I am grateful that upon graduation (June 2011), I look forward to a full-time appointment.
02 Lillian C. Smith

Book Review: Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion, by Wayne Cordeiro

By Lillian C. Smith. This book is an essential read for any pastor, especially those who often forgo taking a day off a week or going on an annual vacation. It is a must-read for those of us who teeter on the verge of a meltdown—spiritual, physical, or otherwise. Truth be told, many colleagues in ministry, myself included, often push themselves to the brink in order to be in ministry. We want to be faithful, successful, often at the expense of ourselves and family.
01 April Casperson

Leading from Your Authentic Self

By April Casperson. Serving in a theological school in an administrative position means that I have the privilege of being a part of many conversations around the sense of vocation and call. I work alongside faculty who are living out their vocation as teachers, and I serve students who are working out their own vocational discernment while participating in academic formation.


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