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.

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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 ...

Not Your Average Joe

December 30, 2016

How many people do you know named, “Joe” or “Joseph”? If you were celebrating your 60th birthday this year, you were more likely to have been born with a boy named Joseph in your graduating class – the name’s popularity peaked in 1956! ...

The Grand Sweep

November 29, 2016

Much of life comes as a given, but God gives us so much room for innovation. When asked to preach for a colleague recently, it meant returning to the pulpit after a four-month hiatus, the longest break in preaching since I became a pastor in 1994. ...

Debates, Debunkers and Deadbugs

October 19, 2016

On a flight home from Dallas to Philly, my sister was trapped next to the window seat by a man who introduced himself as a “Debunker.” She was already weary from travel, so she let down her guard just long enough to take the bait. “What is a ...