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 my husband has now 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, and would love your input.

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.

This survey is now closed, and you can see the results here. Thank you to all who responded!

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Ordained minister with 25 years' experience as lead pastor of a mid-size, multi-staff church, now resident author with a liturgical worship community, and editor of Purpose, a monthly magazine of everyday inspiration. Author of Four Gifts, Sacred Pauses, and other books on Christian living. For more, see aprilyamasaki.com and WhenYouWorkfortheChurch.com.

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