By Neal Michell COVID-19 shutdown feels like walking on a frozen pond with cracks all around us. Church leaders are so busy trying to keep their congregants together and adjust to the changes wrought by the ... Read More...
The aim of the Jesus Prayer is union with God.
The new rector should use the first 90 days to establish the new priest as role of a caring pastor of the congregation by spending his or her time listening to as many parishioners as possible. This requires great intentionality on the part of the new rector. By being intentional in these first 90 days the new rector can instill a sense of enthusiasm and develop some early momentum in this crucial time in the life of the congregation.
The new priest will want to establish herself as the pastor of the congregation. As clergy we lead the congregation, but we pastor individuals. We gain permission to lead not primarily through our job description but through the level of trust our members give us.
How does a new priest prepare herself and her new congregation for a good beginning of their common life together? Let's consider seven foundational perspectives.
What do you do about outreach when you are in a small church with limited resources?
We hear it all over the church: “We need to reach the Millennials.”
All of our modern translations or paraphrases have an eye looking toward one set of biases in the other groups of people translating the other versions.