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
Farming with fighter pilots and fishing for sheep: The paradoxical portraits of MOSAICS in real life
May 27, 2017
My father left his family farm at 17 to join the Navy. When he was just six years old, his father had taken him to Akron airport to see Charles Lindbergh. Ever since he was hoisted up above the crowd that day, my dad had been trying to get...
May 20, 2017
I have been snorkeling exactly one time. My wife and I somehow escaped an ice storm that gripped the entire East coast and made our way to the Florida Keyes. The tour boat took us even further south, to a clear expanse where the horizon stretched...
May 13, 2017
We give thanks for the beautiful bounty of life in nature – the birds that wake us in the morning or those furry friends who greet us when we come home from work. But not many of us rejoice at cleaning those car windows after the songbirds have...
May 06, 2017
The Appalachian Trail runs for 2200 miles, from Georgia to Maine. Only a small sliver of the AT cuts through our Annual Conference, just about 45 miles of trail winding through Harpers Ferry across the Potomac then heading along South Mountain...
April 29, 2017
One of the many blessings of serving the people of Ward’s Chapel was worshipping with them in their historic sanctuary. Built stone upon stone from local quarries in the mid-1800s, the founding families deeply rooted in the early Methodist...
April 22, 2017
What is the first thing you open every morning? The medicine cabinet? The refrigerator door? Your Bible? How about your eyes?