“Trust the Process”
Credo is a great program started by Episcopalians and picked up by the Presbyterians to help with clergy health and welfare (emotional, spiritual, physical, mental, financial). Its a process to work, worship and create so that a rule of life can be developed.
This year the Presbyterians are running the first ever early ministry model. (Previously it was only available to mid-career). I was lucky enough to be pulled randomly from the hat to attend. Its a support network to help what is now the overworked life of the clergy today.
I would say, for me, the process was a success. We shall see how the rule of life plays out and whether I can use the accountability tools helpfully.
Here are some interesting things that emerged for me….
1. Many of the pastors there were wishing to start a new church somewhere…
Which makes me wonder, what is that about? Are we prophets of the future? Are we wishing for a system with more pull? Is this what revolutions look like? Or is this how we manufacture hope? What is at the root of this and how does it effect the church in general as we go forward.
2. I also heard that a lot of people wanted to write, really write something, either through a blog or a publication or something. Recently I read a blog (I wish I could find it again) about the fact that pastors are writers who get paid
I personally feel that is true, I write sermons like I wrote my English/History papers (which I double majored in). Writing papers every week in undergrad was a good warm up to solo preaching.
So as we look forward, and as CREDO happens next year, I wonder, what can we do with these amazing revelations.
Small Church, New Church, Old Church, Blue Church–the clergy seems to be moving in a similar direction
Especially considering that us Presbyterians believe the Holy Spirit works by consensus 😉