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Center for Clergy Excellence

The Calling begins with just a whisper from the Spirit and grows through seasons of sudden joys and losses, through patches of uncertainty and adversity, through worries and distractions, into fruitful fields of abundance. Through the collaborative efforts of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Bishop’s Office, the Center for Clergy Excellence seeks to provide encouragement for those responding to the Call to Licensed and Ordained Ministry at every step along the way. We encourage a healthy Culture of Call within the conference, provide support for those navigating the process of Ordination at the Provisional and Full Member exams and License to Preach School and coordinate Continuing Education Efforts.

The Rev. John W. Nupp was appointed as the first Director in 2016. He holds an M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary, and has served congregations throughout the Baltimore-Washington Conference since 1994.

Current ministry emphasis: The Spiritual Literacy Project - read about it in the September Newsletter.

Read more about the Center for Clergy Excellence and find ways to connect with other clergy through the monthly blog and newsletter.

The Sower - Connecting the called, appointed, commissioned and ordained

Well, Well, Well

April 15, 2017

Where does your water come from? It depends on who you ask, I suppose. Ask a Kindergartner and they might point to a water fountain. Older kids might tell you about the water cycle, about streams and rivers, clouds and rain. Still older students ...

How You Met My Mother

April 08, 2017

I am sure you have met my mother by now. She has been working her way up and down the coast, meeting everyone from north to south for years and has never met a stranger. She has been working her way West, just like a sunrise. You met her before you ...

The River

April 01, 2017

What does your birth story say about who you are? My wife was born on April Fool’s Day. When she was growing up, people would not believe it was her birthday. She endured practical jokes like sitting on tacks and getting her hair pulled.

A Kingdom of Ashes

March 14, 2017

Why do we gather for Ash Wednesday? Out of obligation? A sense of religious tradition? Trying to make some sense out of the nonsense in this world? Let me suggest to you that we gather because we are dying and yet we have been entrusted with new ...

Tattoos and Watermarks: Showing Signs of Faith

February 20, 2017

Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo? Maybe you are way ahead of me and have already submitted to the trend, which has risen in popularity since the 1970s. Do you favor a symbol or a word, something complex or cerebral, visual or ...

One Little Word: Repentance among Religious Leaders

January 23, 2017

When you rate the most important aspects of your ministry, what would you rank at the top? Balancing multiple demands can make life in ministry a constant challenge, but faithfulness in small things is not without its rewards. We may be tempted ...