Ministers Managing Time

Managing your time as a minister just may be the single most difficult issue you face. The problem of managing ministerial time has a long and not always hopeful history. The minister’s need for Sabbath rest, time away from the…

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CENTERview: Social Networking and Congregations

A recent YouTube video titled “Social Networking in Plain English” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a_KF7TYKVc) claims networks are only as valuable as the people and connections one can see. If I think about real “friends” and connections in my life this makes perfect sense….

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Ministering to the Soul of a Community

Congregations are born from a generative spark of interaction between stories of faith and stories of place. Some person or group looks out on a particular landscape and says, “There should be a church—or there should be a congregation of…

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Congregations Magazine, May-Jun 2002

Self-Care: The journey from burnout to authenticity Contents IN FOCUS: Good-Enough Self-Care Alban Institute consultant Jacqueline J. Lewis reminds clergy to head the true self Committing to Mutuality Pastor David J. Wood speaks with Eugene Peterson about how collaboration with…

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Congregations Magazine, Winter 2007

Worship that Connects Contents IN FOCUS: Worship as a Vision-Building Work of God  Brian Paulson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, Illinois, explores the power of worship to shape, vision, generate change, and announce the activity of God in…

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Seasons of Joy and Sacrifice

For the past few years I have taught a course on the theology and meaning of call at Andover-Newton Theological School. I always emphasize to my students that a healthy call involves both joy and sacrifice—something I have learned from…

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