The Rise of the Consultant 

I can’t remember when I first heard the term. I do remember how I felt about it when I heard that there was such a thing as a church consultant. It was not pleasant. I was of the impression that it wasn’t anything that a pastor couldn’t do and I was a pastor.  I knewContinue reading “The Rise of the Consultant “

The Imperfect Pastor

There are plenty of days that I don’t feel like I’m a good pastor. I have never felt perfect. I can’t imagine ever feeling that confident in this holy and sacred work. Most of the time I feel like I’m not quite living up to this calling. I don’t even want to get into that.Continue reading “The Imperfect Pastor”

Until Sunday

Last month, when this video appeared on Facebook, I was amused. I laughed out loud but it didn’t feel like my story. Not anymore. There was a time in my ministry when I heard these comments said every single day. There was a time when I felt like I needed to fight for the rightsContinue reading “Until Sunday”

Last Minute Plans for Lent

Lent is just one week away. Most plans have already been laid out. It’s been printed in the newsletter and in the bulletin. Resources have been ordered. Palms have been burned. (I know because the traffic on this old post on how to make ashes skyrocketed two week ago.)  Some have already done their foodContinue reading “Last Minute Plans for Lent”

More Questions Than Answers

It wasn’t that long ago that started serving as an interim pastor at a small church celebrating 200 years amid questions of whether or not there will be a future beyond this anniversary. This morning, before worship began, one of the members called our attention to a news story about a church in a neighboring community that at leastContinue reading “More Questions Than Answers”

The Time Has Come

As you may have seen over and over again, I have been filling in as Guest Minister at Community Congregational Church in Short Hills, NJ. I preached this past Sunday on John 17:1-24. You can find the audio — and even a video to watch — of the sermon I preached entitled The Time Has Come on the churchContinue reading “The Time Has Come”

Remain in Love

As you may have seen over and over again, I’m filling in as Guest Minister at Community Congregational Church in Short Hills, NJ. I preached this past Sunday on John 15:1-8. You can find the audio of the sermon entitled Remain in Love on the church website. Please click here.  This sermon is part of a summer preaching series exploringContinue reading “Remain in Love”

Twelve Years

As you may already know, I’m filling in as Guest Minister at Community Congregational Church in Short Hills, NJ. I preached this past Sunday on Mark 5:21-43. You can find the audio of the sermon entitled Twelve Years on the church website. Please click here. There’s also a video if you follow that same link. This sermon is partContinue reading “Twelve Years”

Our Inner Nature

As you may already know, I’m filling in as Guest Minister at Community Congregational Church in Short Hills, NJ. I preached this past Sunday on Genesis 3:8-15. You can find the audio of the sermon entitled Our Inner Nature on the church website. Please click here. There’s also a video if you follow that same link. Or ifContinue reading “Our Inner Nature”

The Last Retreat

Two years ago, I began this journey with four other women in a cohort group in College of Pastoral Leaders at Austin Theological Seminary. It all started with a group of women that I met as part of The Young Clergy Women Project. We became fast friends. There were dinners and bottles of wine. There was conversationsContinue reading “The Last Retreat”