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Daily Digest - September 19, 2019

Number of UM elders under 35 dropping; Botswana school sees historic enrollment; Ocracoke recovery hits home for pastor
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The Revs. Maggie Proshek (left), Ricky Harrison (center) and Taylor Smith are young clergy in the North Texas Conference. All three were ordained at annual conference this summer, Proshek as deacon and Harrison and Smith as elders. The North Texas Conference has become one of the top U.S conferences in percentage of elders 35 and under, a new report shows. Nationally, the number of young elders has declined for three straight years. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson, North Texas Conference.

Number of elders under 35 dropping

New report on United Methodist clergy age trends in U.S. shows three years of decline for elders in this demographic.
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Students at the Maun Senior Secondary School in Maun, Botswana, gather for a school assembly. The United Methodist school has grown significantly since it opened in 1970.  Photo by the Rev. Tafadzwa Mabambe.

Botswana boarding school sees historic enrollment

The United Methodist Church’s Maun Senior Secondary School began in 1970 with 70 students and now has 2,400.