I am at Asbury Theological Seminary this week for a gathering of the Alumni Leadership Community. I attended Asbury from 1985-89, when I graduated with an M.Div. degree. Those four years were among the most important in my life in forming me and preparing me for ministry.
I found the academics challenging, the worship energizing, and the community healing and supportive.
You can imagine my dismay at hearing that there are “leaders” in the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church who tell ministerial candidates that “if you go to Asbury you will never get a good church in this conference.”
Would you “leaders” like to tell the churches to which I have been appointed they are not considered good churches? Would you at least explain to me, and to my face, why it is you say such things?
Ironically, it is often Asbury alumni who are accused of being exclusive and narrow-minded.