I don’t think of myself as part of a clergy health crisis. Although my blood pressure usually tests high at
“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. . . .
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.
Thank you to everyone who participated in my recent survey! Both your comments and the places where you chose to be silent have given me some good direction and a lot to think about in the coming year. I’m happy to share the following results.
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. To help shape the content going forward, I’d love to ask you five simple questions.
In honour of this week’s Poetry at Work Day (the second Tuesday of January), I’m sharing an article that features some of the poetry of Mary Oliver and how it speaks to the life of ministry.
As I look back over the year, I am grateful for everyone who has visited When You Work for the Church–for those who have left comments, contacted me, shared articles, made suggestions, vented frustrations, sought counsel, found support, drawn encouragement, offered support, or quietly read along. Thank you!
Leaders have to know who they are. . . . When everything else crumbles and when you are in situations of disillusionment, when plans haven’t worked out, when colleagues have disappointed you, there’ll come those times when you say, “Why am I doing this?” At that point, what is needed is a deep and abiding sense of God’s call.