Nearly 100 young clergy, candidates for ministry, and seminarians gathered for lunch and fellowship on Thursday afternoon of Annual Conference. Rev. Mike Slaughter, Pastor of Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio, served as the keynote speaker for the Young Clergy lunch. The theme of his presentation was “Things I Would Tell My Younger Self”.
Slaughter challenged the young clergy to pursue ministry “with character and courage” and to practice good theology coupled with good methodology. He also implored the group to embody transformational change: “You are called to be part of a Kingdom revolution,” said Slaughter.
Slaughter, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, also encouraged the young clergy not to be “slaves to ordination”, but rather to live into their ministry with boldness, fearlessness, and passion.
Another memorable moment from Slaughter’s presentation was his criticism of the temptation for clergy to “play church” by getting caught up in the legalism of committees, votes, and polity. “People are looking for meaning,” he said, “not meetings.”
Slaughter will also speak to the Annual Conference during the platform time on Thursday and Friday.