How A Minister Spends Her Time

Nearly every minister has heard the joke that a church pastor only works an hour a week (and has then tried to suppress an eye roll). A full-time pastor in a local congregation typically works 40-50 hours a week. What fills that time, do you imagine? First, not all ministers have the same job descriptions…

What is ministry today?

In a word: big. Each week, this blog mines some of the wonderful data in the world to explore the best thinking in order to help make that big topic smaller and more understandable for ministry. This week, I’d like to offer a little bit of the big picture that I’m seeing, so you can…

The Quest for an Experiential Jesus

I love God. I love drama. I really love the drama in the stories of our faith. After years of yearning for a call that fully integrated these loves of mine, I discovered biblical storytelling. Yet before this discovery, I began the search for making new meanings of the basic symbols of my Christian faith…

Future Church: A View from the Front Row

The church I serve has a large black and red banner strategically placed to catch the eye of those passing by.  It says: “Jesus never turned anyone away.  Neither do we.”  After our web site, that sign is the reason most visitors mention for giving our church a try.  One of the things we are…

On the Road to Samaria: The Church’s Response to Poverty

Admittedly I was a precocious child and I have grown into an idealistic adult. I’m not sure you can be in my line of work – a social work faculty member and community-engaged researcher finding ways to strengthen neighborhoods – without a hefty dose of idealism. My selection of scripture for my ordination nearly 18…