These people are such a big part of the answer to whatever questions are raised about the future of The United Methodist Church. They are continuing to respond faithfully to God's call to service as UMC clergy. They are studying to show themselves "approved unto God, workers that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV). They are dedicating themselves to various forms of service in the name of Jesus, according to the gifts and graces of their callings. They are sacrificing the infinite other options they could be choosing with their lives for the opportunities Christ offers them as clergy of The United Methodist Church, "for the joy that is set before them" (Hebrews 12:2 KJV).
We praise God for these clergy, whose sacramental service and commitment is a sign of God's continuing grace and presence as manifested in The United Methodist Church. We look forward to the many other ways the Reign of Christ is being extended through all our members and constituents, and through our congregations and ministries!