Your Church Matters

By Jonathan Turtle As we begin, Lord willing, to emerge from the fog of this pandemic, it may be worth examining and re-considering our relationship to church. Not to the Church but rather to your particular... Read More...

Which Maintenance, Whose Mission?

By Sam Keyes Several weeks ago, a clergy acquaintance online posted a provocative observation that “maintenance is mission.” This is a priest in charge of a parish of historical note, and his argument was th... Read More...

Raising Your Church’s Profile in Your Town

By Neal Michell In my role as canon to the ordinary, it was my responsibility to visit all the churches in our diocese on a consistent basis. My standard practice for churches in rural areas and small towns was to drive to the town, visit a local coffee sho... Read More...

The Priest as Generalist

By Cole Hartin One of my fears as a pastor is to have my preaching considered “too academic.” I know there is a place for eloquent, learned preaching, but it’s not in most of our cities or towns. On the univ... Read More...

Post-Pandemic Ministry

By Rob Price Through the Lenten season I learned, along with many of my clergy colleagues, the new skills ministry demanded by shelter-in-place ministry: Facebook live-streaming, Zoom meetings and Bible studies, home officing, etc. And several days ago, lik... Read More...

What Your Parish Priest Misses Most

By Clint Wilson I miss the silence of the church before anyone has arrived, I miss the altar guild faithfully serving in unseen ways, I miss the embrace of so many, touches serving as pastoral promisso... Read More...

The Work of the Priest: A Conversation

The struggle to properly balance the contemplative and the active virtues is not new to modern American life. St. Gregory the Great discussed the need for both in his classic