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The Pastor as Detective

New pastors enter a multidimensional, nuanced, at times confusing world. This is true with every new posting, and particularly true at the beginning of a first call. Successful pastors take time to listen to both the spoken and unspoken messages of their congregants so they can speak to the real situations in their congregation’s life. They learn to be good detectives and to listen with the heart as well as the ears, for the presence of God in the congregation’s life and in the lives of each individual congregant. Bruce G. Epperly articulates the artistry of pastoral leadership in an essay on the Alban Institute’s website. Following the article are recommended resources for new clergy and clergy who would like to expand their detective toolbox.

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Rose and Cal promote shared joy with religious humor across traditions

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Disruption, Death and the Old Testament

The Old Testament has its roots in two great disruptions: the collapse of the Late Bronze Age geopolitical system and...

Great Faith Hand in Hand with Great Sleep, Says Study

 A strong faith could be the key to a good night’s sleep, according to a study released this week in the Journal...

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