Helicopter pastoring

The work of the Church must belong to the body of Christ, which is much, much more than the bodies of the priested.

Pastoral love, pastoral care

Part of the art of pastoral leadership is the abiding sense, firmly planted in the people of God, that their pastor's love for them is there from the start.

Notes from a middle-aged episcopate

At this year's Chrism Mass of the Diocese of Springfield, I remarked to the assembled clergy and laity that my episcopate can now be considered "middle-aged."

Pastoral care should punch us in the face

In a response to Carey Nieuwhof, Fr. Jonathan elevates pastoral care and its challenges: "Sometimes good pastoral care feels like a punch in the face, both for pastors and for those committed to their care."

The sacraments and pastoral judgment

In May 2015, a flurry of stories came out about Bishop Greg Brewer and the baptism of the adopted son of two men in a committed same-sex relationship in Orlando, Florida.