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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/08/call-time-congressional-fundraising_n_2427291.html

call time2

http://theblueroomblog.org/2013/01/08/clergy-burnout-clergy-health/

and Clergy are burning out…..hmm……..

pastors cannot (or should not) be friends with parishioners. The second article is about a pastor of a large church in Charlotte who’s on a leave of absence at a treatment center after struggling with depression and alcohol abuse.

What if pastors put our schedule more like senators.

4hrs reaching out

1-2hrs church visits

2hrs church business

1hr community outreach

1hr recharge time….

 

Amazing how different professions view work differently huh?

Quick note Maryann in http://theblueroomblog.org/2013/01/08/clergy-burnout-clergy-health/ says

But generally speaking, both of these comments (and perhaps the articles in general) reveal a model of ministry that is, frankly, passing away as the guild becomes younger and less male-dominated. Younger people want a leader they can relate to more than one who holds up a lofty ideal; they seek identification more than inspiration. And women, well, we have a different way of negotiating boundaries than do men. Again, I’m speaking generally.

Also, as churches get smaller and more and more pastors become part-time, the dynamics will change even more.

And I agree people are ALWAYS surprised that I am a pastor because I am a. relatable b. young c. female (I say what I’m not a stiff, old, white, male?) Of course I am white but people get the gist. These people, though, are looking for church to be a new and different, they are looking for a spirituality that is relatable and frankly the pastors need to be a part of the community…..

 

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About katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant for 6 years, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times. "Hallows, not Horcruxes" Harry Potter

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