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#1 Aightball

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 02:21 PM

How long do they typically stay in one parish?  My only experience is with priests and they go approx. every 7 years (around here).  WIP takes place in SW Iowa, in case that factors in.


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 02:13 PM

I grew up Methodist, though I am not one now. Ministers are assigned by their Conference bishop. Pastors may request placement in certain places or communities, or request to remain where they are, but generally agree to accept their assignment as given. The length of time in any given church can vary. The man who pastored the church I went to as a kid is still there and his tenure predated my family's attendance, so he's been there for at least three decades. Others may be in one place only a few years.

I would say write what works for the story you need to tell. It'll work. If nothing else call a Methodist Church in your area and ask to do a quick phone interview. I bet they won't mind and may have some helpful anecdotes to share too.

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 10:01 PM

I grew up in a Methodist church as well, daughter of the music minister. It really depends on the size of the church and the age of the pastor.  In a big church, the lead pastor may stay 5-20 years, generally with older pastors staying longer, especially if they are married w/ children. Younger pastors (25-25 years old) might rotate as a assistant pastors with a few larger churches before even raised into the top position at a large church they assisted at or at the primary pastor in a smaller church, changing positions every 3-5 years.  This is based on my father's experience in the West Tennessee conference, and different bishops in different conferences may handle things a bit differently. 



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Posted 12 June 2017 - 11:16 AM

Thanks, guys!

 

I had a feeling it varied depending on several factors =).  I will see what people think if this ever gets past my computer, haha, and if what works for my book works for the reader as well =)


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