It’s been almost eight weeks since I shared my growing conviction to complete my pastoral ministry with my congregation this
I’m a long way from the streets of Calcutta where Mother Teresa focused her ministry, but as I reflect on her life, I’m struck by three key lessons for me and for anyone in Christian service:
Is self-care different from being selfish or self-indulgent? Is it the same as caring for your soul? And what does self-care look like in light of following Jesus, who called his followers to deny themselves?
A few years ago, I wrote “My 22 Best Practices in 22 Years of Pastoral Ministry,” and each year since then I’ve added another best practice. Now in honour of my 25 years of pastoral ministry, I add one more: Know when it’s time to say good-bye.
“As people of faith, I feel we should have some kind of relationship,” said the president of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’. He had called to invite my participation in an interfaith forum. . . .
“The small church has value in and of itself. While most of the attention is paid to large churches, the small church is making a powerful impact on Canadian church life.”
Some studies indicate that one in five people live with schizophrenia, clinical depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental illness. In a congregation of 250, that would be 50 people.
“What does appropriate, healthy, self-care look like over the course of one’s life?
It looks like Billy Graham.”