On Priestcraft

In the role of a pastor, results are not tangible and are seldom measurable.  Even when they are measurable, the question of what they are measuring is an open one.  I can apply myself to a task and see nothing change over long periods of time. Pastoral ministry can often feel purposeless.

The First Ninety Days, Part 3

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 First 90 Days (Part Two)

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.

Visiting Your Church Is Like Going to the Dentist

It's fairly obvious that people do not like going to the dentist or the doctor, and I suspect a large part of this reticence is due to the fear of shame and guilt, especially if there has been a longer period of time since the last visit.After my visit and reflecting on my own aversions to going to the dentist, I began to realize that this is how most people feel about going to church.

The First 90 Days

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.

The sea change

I was advised that I was “too academic” and would need to play down my experience as a theological educator.

Youth ministry as parish ministry: Sui Generis no more

The “entertainment model” of youth ministry is conditioning our young adults to see their walk with Jesus as one activity (among many) that can be dropped when they are too busy or it isn’t “fun” anymore.