Transition no. 7: Keeping up with your fellows
September 4, 2005 02:43 PM | Pastoral Transition
Most of the men I know who have remained in ministry for a number of years have done so through the friendships they made in seminary.In whatever way that it has materialized, these men (and often their families alongside them) have maintained friendships with a few very close friends from their seminary years. Those friendships have been a central factor in keeping them in ministry, stable, and focused
An amazing calling
A little over a year ago, I transferred into the Missouri Presbytery. At the same presbytery meeting (they meet once per quarter), the Clerk of Presbytery gave a brief report on the recent decisions a couple in his church made. It seems that this couple, having raised their children to adulthood, were compelled by God and by a love for people to sell everything-- house, cars, furniture, etc.-- and
The plight of the “December Graduate”
I've talked to a fair number of seminary graduates who finish in December, and they all tell the same story: December graduation is tough.Now, placement is not easy for any seminary grad, but I think finishing in December is a lot tougher than in May for most graduates. To introduce my reasons, I'll recap some of what my research in this area has shown:40% of those who started the candidacy process
Seasons of transition
It is peculiar, just a little bit, how much transition happens (or doesn't happen) based on the season.I regularly (read: daily) check the vacant pulpit listings for my denomination, and I noticed an odd affirmation of this seasonal dependence recently. Over the past month, only four new listings have been added to the main listing, yet the “last updated” date changed at least twice a
Transition no. 6: joining the Y
I don't know any seminarians who have lost weight or gotten in better shape during seminary.Don't get me wrong-- I do know a good handful of guys that find time to exercise. Even I have found streaks of a few weeks where I've been on the treadmill regularly. But my pitfall is, I would guess, the same as many of my fellow seminarians': some point in the semester (exam time, a major paper due, a break
Do pure motives preclude networking?
August 19, 2005 10:38 AM | Candidacy
A friend challenged me about my views on networking, “Can you pursue placement through networking, as you suggest, with true integrity?” Good question-- and it brings up a significant issue that a candidate-pastor must address: does a placement effort done with pure motives mean that networking is not an option?Anyone who has heard of “networking” will understand this critique.
Successful = effective?
August 16, 2005 11:16 AM | Placement Research
I recently heard an interview with business leadership maven Stephen Covey, whose mega-seller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has changed the way many think about leadership and productivity. While there is much about the book that I would recommend, an aspect of the interview that is not directly addressed in the book caught my attention.Covey was asked why he chose the word “effective”
Transition no. 5: Making new friends
August 14, 2005 02:13 PM | Pastoral Transition
How long will you live in your new town, serving your new church, before you seek out and befriend other pastors in the area? Will you even refer to it as your “new church” by then?My guess is that most pastors put this at the bottom of their priorities. After all, one group that every pastor can be certain will never join their church are other pastors in the area! And there are already
Slow week for the blog...
August 11, 2005 02:42 PM | Writing and blogging
If you've been checking, I'm sorry you've been disappointed. It's been a full week for work, the last week of a summer school class, and I've been finishing the article I'm doing for ByFaith magazine. Keep an eye out-- there will be a new post over the weekend. Thanks for checking!
Thoughts on blogging
Just about every blogger eventually asks himself or herself the question, “Why do I blog?” and, since I was actually asked this question recently by someone else as well, I thought I might go ahead a give an answer on my blog.So, my reasons for blogging, in order: The main reason is for myself-- the blog becomes an aggregate of sorts for my thoughts on a particular subject. It so happens