Warning: this will be rant-ish. Know how churches don’t like that families and church no longer come first? How it is hard to get the typical family to church more than once a month? The socio-economics of the situation are tricky, with little national health care and extremely expensive daycare it is difficult to have … Continue reading
During a clergy luncheon a pastor related a story where her confirmation mentor was part of a women’s fellowship, so she spent much of her adolescent spiritual life with a group of post-menopausal women……the clergy women laughed and then reflected on how this was probably the perfect experience a young pastor needs to lead a … Continue reading
“If preachers decide to preach about hope, let them preach out of what they themselves hope for.” Fred_Buechner
Ok, Oberlin got me with this poster There were a million other reasons why I went, but this was the primary one. Its also why I go to church. (as opposed to sitting at home and being spiritual) When I was 10 I was confirmed as an adult I was assisting with Sunday School … Continue reading
“Why would you want to work only 1 day a week, and that’s a half day” –my mother…obviously before she was a pastor, trying to understand why my father was considering the ministry…. Similarly, my friend’s boss once said she wish she could have an easy job, like me…my friend laughed and said that I … Continue reading
Recently there was an article concerning the …..lets say staidness of overly churched culture…. How do you get a church to event plan beyond the church culture? Here are some guidelines to consider Rule number One: Don’t do anything for free….it creates a debt mentality that is unhealthy for the congregation and the attendee Church: … Continue reading
Once you are baptized or ordained as elder, deacon or pastor, there are no takebacks: “Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the … Continue reading
Thoughts on the Pastoral search process
Originally posted on landon whitsitt:
I learned a couple of very important things over the weekend. First, most of my Facebook friends agree that the correct pronunciation of the word “pecan” is “puh-CAHN”. There is some slight disagreement as to why it is pronounced that way, but (other than a few outliers) that seems to…
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