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Vocation

While many pastors may jump to greener pastures every few years, the congregation whose pastor stays put for a couple decades or more will reap numerous advantages. Check out these 21 truths. […] Read More

Some fear that life is too precarious to live. If life were a motorcycle, they would tell you don’t rev it up too much; don’t go into uncharted territory. Play it safe. Instead, say “yes” to the calling to be freely and fully alive. […] Read More

As an ordained minister, being queer is a gift to me. And queer folks are a gift to churches. Churches that cut themselves off from the potential of learning queer lessons diminish their capacity to experience the sacred. […] Read More

The percentage of U.S. adults who view clergy as honest and ethical continues to decline, the latest Gallup report says. Only 37 percent rated clergy’s honesty and ethical standards as high or very high. […] Read More

Nearly all observers of the 21st century church in the U.S. agree that the next generation of leadership is a cause for concern. Many write, blog, tweet and generally lament the state of leadership cultivation and training – or lack thereof. Far too many congregations no longer encourage young people and laity to consider vocational […] Read More

Nursing is seen as the most honest and ethical profession in the U.S., according to a recent Gallup survey, while highly positive views of clergy reached an all-time low. The survey asked U.S. adults to answer the following question about 22 professions: “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of […] Read More

Nurses deserve our utmost gratitude as they literally keep us alive physically, in addition to meeting our social, emotional and spiritual needs. May 12 is International Nurses Day, and I want to celebrate the work of nurses by offering a theological reflection on this vocation. As a hospital chaplain, I have the opportunity to observe […] Read More

One specific conversation nearly always emerges in my interactions with churches across the country. With furrowed brows and a worried tone, they ask, “Where is the next generation of pastoral leadership for churches like ours going to come from?” The concern is based upon a perception that ministry is increasingly seen as a profession that […] Read More

She said she wanted to be a missionary. When asked how she wanted to serve, she replied, “I just want to love the world” – an undoubtedly admirable but somewhat ill-defined sentiment. My then-missionary wife counseled that she narrow and clarify her vision a bit. I spend a good bit of time with pastors, many […] Read More

Thirty seven years ago this past month I was called to my first church staff position at the age of 18. Thinking about those early beginnings has led me to reminisce about the peculiarity of my calling and my pastoral journey. Now, at age 55, I am a middle-aged pastor. My how time flies! Middle-aged […] Read More