Will You Help Me Help You?

I launched this website in June 2016, and my all-time most popular post is still my very first article on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of church employment. That’s closely followed by What Do You Do When Your Job is Terminated? which tells the sad story of my professor husband’s painful job termination through no fault of his own. The legal, ethical, and moral questions surrounding what was done to him are still bothersome, but he has also been able to rise above them. “You’re re-inventing yourself,” a friend commented recently, since he has moved into a new area of on-line teaching with seminary and university grad students. We’re grateful to God that two excellent schools have the leadership and vision to engage his teaching gifts, experience, and scholarship.

I’m still loving ministry with my congregation and received a beautiful art piece as a gift from our Personnel Committee that you can read about here: Walking Strong in the Spirit. I also continue to write, with my book deadline still looming (!)  for February 1. At the same time, I’m looking beyond that to how I might re-tool this website to make it even more helpful to readers. For this year, I’m planning a blog redesign plus an e-book specifically on dealing with painful job terminations since I keep getting questions on that. I’d also like to ask for your help with the content of this site.

In the course of my ministry, I’m asked to do a lot of surveys–some go on for pages, and I may or may not ever receive the results. So I wanted my survey to be simple and to share the results with you. It’s just five questions, with all responses collected anonymously, and there are no right or wrong answers. The survey is open now and until Midnight Pacific Time, February 6, 2018, and I’ll share the results in my next article. To take the survey, please click on the button below. I appreciate your help–thank you!

The survey is now closed. I appreciate the feedback, and am happy to share the results: Thank you for responding.

Lead Pastor of a mid-size, multi-staff church and the author of Christ is For Us, Sacred Pauses, and other books on Christian living. Blogging on Writing and Other Acts of Faith (aprilyamasaki.com) and When You Work for the Church: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how we can all do better (whenyouworkforthechurch.com).