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Tag: pastoral leadership

May 18 2015

I recently had a chance to catch up with Martha Spong, the originator of the revgalblogpals community and editor of the recent book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments and the Healing[…]

January 26 2015

While not for everyone, many people find great meaning in and a deep calling to service as a church pastor. Some are paid and others are not, but what is pretty consistent is that a group of people often chooses who the[…]

August 28 2013

One of my first memories of being a pastor was a visit I made to one of our home-bound members, Julie (not her real name). Julie had been a child of the church, had attended worship throughout her adulthood, sang[…]

July 26 2013

Thanks to  Clay Gunter for this somewhat insider romp through the life of my beloved Presbyterian Church (USA) and his top 12 things Presbyterians should do before they die . My favorite  = #4. Enjoy. A lot of the David Letterman-type Top 10 lists[…]

March 25 2013

No, I’m not giving up Social Media for Lent. My 2013 Lenten discipline is to give thanks to God for those who have helped me to grow into who God intends for me to be and become. See all of my 2013[…]

March 20 2013

While no new call is ever without its anxiety inducing moments, there is something about that first pastorate that simultaneously produces exuberance and terror. It’s almost like saying, “Oh no, they want me to be their pastor, now what?” and then you[…]

January 22 2013

UPDATE 01.22: Thoughtful response from, Bob Franquiz, I’m Still Learning. I’m Still Growing. I can also see how this particular idea came to be. I have been there. Folks are gathered in a room brainstorming ideas for a theme. Some ideas are way off[…]

December 3 2012

Each evening and morning I am reminded that I am in a time of transition: professionally, personally and pastorally. This picture is not of some randomly discovered image found via an internet search for “sad and forgotten stack of moving boxes.” Nope, it’s[…]

May 3 2012

[image by .aditya.] It’s been about 15 years since I have had to do it, but a year after leaving my last church, I have finally updated my Personal Information Form (PIF) – For you non-Presbyterians, a PIF is our resume[…]

April 24 2012

What began as  a personal blogging hiatus, there has been such a positive response to the  to the Guest Blogging Crew, I am making this a regular feature on my blog. It is my intention to expose new/different voices to a larger audience so if you[…]

April 6 2012

This spring I am taking a personal blogging hiatus and have invited some folks to blog in my stead. It is my intention help share some new voices and perspectives with a larger audience and keep my blog active during my break. If you are interested in guest[…]

April 5 2012

[Photo by stina jonsson] I am putting together a draft syllabus proposal for a class that would cover the very broad topic of “practical” ministry. If you have ever graduated from seminary or know someone who did, I would love to know what you think should be[…]

March 26 2012

This spring I am taking a personal blogging hiatus and have invited some folks to blog in my stead. It is my intention help share some new voices and perspectives with a larger audience and keep my blog active during my break. If you are interested in guest[…]

March 5 2012

As part of my commitment to a couple of book projects, this spring I am taking a personal blogging hiatus and have invited some folks to blog in my stead. It is my intention help share some new voices and perspectives with a larger audience and keep my[…]

February 27 2012

As part of my commitment to a couple of book projects, this spring I am taking a personal blogging hiatus and have invited some folks to blog in my stead. It is my intention help share some new voices and perspectives with a larger audience and keep my[…]

February 23 2012

As part of my commitment to a couple of book projects, this spring I am taking a personal blogging hiatus and have invited some folks to blog in my stead. It is my intention help share some new voices and perspectives with a larger audience and keep my[…]

February 20 2012

As part of my commitment to a couple of book projects, this spring I am taking a personal blogging hiatus and have invited some folks to blog in my stead. It is my intention help share some new voices and perspectives with a larger audience and keep my[…]

February 14 2012

As part of my commitment to a couple of book projects, this spring I am taking a personal blogging hiatus and have invited some folks to blog in my stead. It is my intention help share some new voices and perspectives with a larger audience and keep my[…]

February 9 2012

As part of my commitment to a couple of book projects, this spring I am taking a personal blogging hiatus and have invited some folks to blog in my stead. It is my intention help share some new voices and perspectives with a larger audience and keep my[…]

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