Skip to main content

Want to serve a church in Alaska?

Are you a United Methodist clergy person who's dreamed of serving a church as a missionary? Looking for an adventure in a new culture and land?

I encourage you to prayerfully consider serving a church in Alaska.

I'm in my first appointment as a United Methodist clergy person in Anchorage, Alaska. It's been a great season of adapting to life and ministry in this place. My husband and I moved here after I graduated from seminary in Ohio. This has been a great place to live out my call to ministry. The vastness of this land constantly reminds me of the vastness of God. Every square inch isn't developed and it gives this kind of creative space in my soul that's refreshing. I've been challenged, encouraged and blessed to get to know people from diverse cultures

Interested? Check out this letter from the Alaska Superintendent. Blessings!


preachermaam said…
It sounds amazing! I have thought of it but I get so grumpy after long term snows that I don't think I could pull it off! What all have you had to adjust to that was different? I came from Colorado to West Virginia and found a lot of differences so I can imagine a little....
jenny said…
Hello! That's a great point that not all people are designed for life in Alaska. It's suggested that all Alaskans take extra Vitamin D to help with the decrease in daylight. If you're proactive, get outside and exercise (ski, run/walk, hike, etc), it's a lot of fun. I'm finding everyone is more connected because the winters are long and we really need each other. The extreme contrasts make us appreciate the beautiful summer more than you can imagine!

So it's difficult at times but if you're intentional, it's manageable. I've found a unique beauty in the dark and cold that surprised me.
John Meunier said…
I get a good sense of the recruiting challenge when you are handing out advice about taking Vitamin D pills as part of the pitch.

They don't have to do this in Florida.

Most Read

Why Some Experienced Clergy (and Lay People) Have a Hard Time When Younger Clergy Take Renewal Leave

This is a guest post from my very own dad! He's a United Methodist pastor serving in Bend, Oregon. I enjoy chatting church leadership with my dad and it's fascinating to see how our generational differences bring different perspectives to our calling as pastor. We need each generation to walk with each other as we figure it out in this new world. We've been reflecting lately as I finished up a renewal leave and he prepares to retire this June. 
By David Beckett
I fall into the category of experienced clergy which is a polite way of saying I am old. I’ve been pastoring for nearly 40 years. When I was a young pastor my role models were mostly white males who presented an image of success that equated with dedication, overwork, and sacrifice. My first senior pastor talked about the 20 hr/wk he invested in sermon preparation. And he expected his staff to work beyond their stated hours. During those three years of full time seminary and a large youth group I put in up to 80 hr/…

Why pastors need collaboration, not competition

There's competition in every industry. Some get promoted over others. Some work incredibly hard but their gifts go unnoticed. Others do good work and people assume they're fine but underneath, they feel like they could never be honest about how hard life is in this season. People spend more energy figuring out how they measure up in a work culture instead of doing the actual work.

Competition itself implies there are two sides.

I remember field days at my elementary school in Alaska. The half-frozen spring ground was covered with clumps of dirty gray snow. Jackets were thrown on the ground as the fourth graders tried to beat the fifth graders at tug of war. Rope burns were shrugged off as sweat dripped down our young faces. We were determined to beat those fifth graders. Our pride was on the line.

Whether you're a fourth grader or an ad manager at a fancy marketing agency or a senator trying out for attorney general, competition runs deep in our DNA.

We want to be the bes…

Why I stay in the United Methodist Church

We can't ignore the numbers. The United Methodist Church is in decline. Many ask, "Why do you stay? Denominations are useless these days."

But I face that reality with overwhelming hope and excitement. I see the Holy Spirit weaving its way through our current & new leadership in ways I've only dreamed of. A couple years ago, I thought about leaving. But I decided to ask some hard questions about why we're in decline. And that journey to the heart of the United Methodist movement has lit a fire in me to see it renewed.

Why I Stay...

1. Our faith is active. We get our hands and hearts dirty in service & relationships.
2. Every United Methodist church is connected through a network of gatherings, prayer, service, money, agencies and leadership. I would never want to serve in building God's kingdom by myself.
3. I see God changing hearts and lives every. single. day.
4. I am fascinated by our founder who's only intention was to create a renewal movement ins…