Advice for the weary pastor: Seneca and the Stoics

A commonplace among clergy is that seminary hardly prepares the pastor for all the difficulties and trials found in the crucible of parish life, but a good seminary education at least furnishes an ability to identify the hardships as they come.

The art of leadership: Playing ‘piano’

The image of leadership being valorized in both the Church and the society in our time is the leader who can play the changes fortissimo. But is it not also important to be able to play softly?

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."

Top 10: Seven theses on the episcopacy

What I want to suggest are a few aspects of episcopal ministry that I believe all of us might do well to consider. These are the kinds of priorities that we should hope for and expect in our bishops, which means that we need to provide them the means to undertake them. I present them in the form of seven theses.

Transitions: the search process

Pastors come and pastors go. I am in the middle of that at this moment, an experience that many of us have had on either side of the pulpit.