Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Clergy Appreciation Month and Reluctant Communicant

  Dear Thoughtful Pastor: As a pastor, I have come to dread “Pastor Appreciation Month,” because it quickly becomes “Pastor EVALUATION Month,” where people express their resentments. I’ve spent three decades doing this work that has swallowed me whole and … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Clergy Appreciation Month and Reluctant Communicant

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Screaming Babies and Communion Issues

Note: These are real questions, but the name of the questioner is withheld. Questions may be edited for the sake of clarity and brevity. If you have a question for The Thoughtful Pastor, feel free to email her at thoughtfulpastor@gmail.com or … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Screaming Babies and Communion Issues

Ponderings on Itinerancy and Appointability

I originally wrote this a number of years ago, but with the recent post by blogger John Murdock, I decided to post it again. Murdock writes eloquently of the problems smaller churches face with the frequent rotation of clergy. Here’s the situation from the point of view of a pastor (now retired). One of the reasons I chose United Methodism as my place of service is the connectional system. I think such a system ultimately reflects more health and has more opportunity to be fully transformational than stand-alone isolated churches. Just as I don’t think there can be a spiritually … Continue reading Ponderings on Itinerancy and Appointability