My 22 best practices in 22 years of pastoral ministry

When I first accepted my congregation's call to pastoral ministry, a friend from another church said, "I don't know whether to say congratulations or condolences." He was familiar with the stress that can come with any ministry and knew that my congregation's previous pastor had a difficult leave-taking. "I'm worried for you," he said. He … Continue reading My 22 best practices in 22 years of pastoral ministry

I don’t overlook even the smallest crumbs of joy or forgiveness

It's always a blessing to hear from readers, to know that my words on a printed page or a computer screen actually connect with someone else. So I was glad to hear from Twitter friend Kate Morgan that she was inspired by this post to put together her own "To Don't" list. She's an educator, writer, … Continue reading I don’t overlook even the smallest crumbs of joy or forgiveness