Clergy Orders and Fellowship

Spring 2018 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Event

Thursday, April 26th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

First United Methodist Church (516 Kellogg Avenue, Ames, IA 50010 ) 

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In the midst of personal and corporate transitions, anxiety is always part of the experience.  Actually, life itself demands navigating the challenges of anxiety across the entire journey—and responding to a call into ministry simply does not make one immune to its impact.  This gathering will provide for opportunities to learn about various categories of anxiety (including that it is not all “bad”), your particular “anxiety personality type”, optimal ways to cope and grow through anxious times of change, reducing detrimental emotional reactivity, and becoming a centered, grounded follower of Christ in daily life.  It is one thing to hope to be that “nonanxious presence” as a leader in a system, but understanding how we might best mitigate the debilitative effects of toxic anxiety and most creatively and constructively work with the whole range of our anxiety will be the focus of this day. 

An anxious guy himself, Mark Minear is a licensed psychologist who has provided services, both counseling and assessment (including clergy candidate evaluations), through the Des Moines Pastoral Care Center for the past six years.  As a recorded Quaker pastor, Mark is especially interested in working with ministers and their families, integrating spiritual and psychological processes for healing and empowerment, and utilizing a mindfulness approach for the transformational work of therapy. 

The cost of the event is $35 and lunch is provided.



Order of Elders

Order of Deacons

Paragraph 306, The Book of Discipline 2016

"All persons ordained as clergy in The United Methodist Church upon election to full membership in the annual conference shall be members of and participate in an Order appropriate to their election. An order is a covenant community within the church to mutually support, care for, and hold accountable its members for the sake of the life and mission of the church. These orders, separately or together, seek to respond to the spiritual hunger among clergy for a fulfilling sense of vocation, for support among peers during this stressful time of change in the Church, and for a deepening relationship with God."

Chairs, Order of Elders

Scott Lothe


Chair, Order of Deacons

Chris Humrichouse


Co-Chairs, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members

Jodi Rushing 

Michael D Stevens


Paragraph 323, The Book of Discipline 2016

"Each annual conference may organize a Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members. All licensed local pastors and associate members may be members of and participate in the Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide mutual support for its members for the sake of the life and mission of the church."