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How to Avoid New Clergy Burnout

New clergy usually start out with a passion for preaching and leading congregations. Over time, unfortunately, the passion too often subsides and the “want to” becomes a “have to,” according... read more >

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Sabbatical As Fitting Room — A Pastoral Paradigm

After thirty-three years in the ordained ministry, James E. Lamkin, of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta, offers three seminal pieces of his credo that can help other parish clergy pay attention to the emotional processes within their congregation.

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Sabbatical Offers Pastor Flight from Fear, Pathway to a New Song

Andrea Leininger, of Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, recognized that fear is the great enemy of faith until appreciated as an invitation from God to move beyond the distraction of fearing rejection, failure, change or death.

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Four Intersections: Family, Friends, Faith and Culture

Traveling from Kenya through Egypt to Bethlehem, Robert Henderson, of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, rediscovered the life-giving nature of friendships both in and out of the context of ministry and the surprising adaptability of the Christian faith in challenging cultural environments.

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Sabbatical Helps Revive Pastor’s Love for Community

Quoting Ron Heifetz's dictum that leaders need to "get to the balcony" every once in a while to gain perspective...

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Sabbath: Sabbatical Offers Pastor Time for Reflection on a New Beginning

Donald Gillett II, of East Second Street Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Lexington, Kentucky, says that he needed time to "restore my soul, ... refresh my well, ... reconnect with family, friends and my first love — God."

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The Postmodern Parish: New Ministry for a New Era

Gary Mathieson, of Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Puyallup, Washington, recounts how he involved elders from his congregation in designing his Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant sabbatical not for him alone but for both him and the congregation.

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“Hozho” - Finding Harmony to Walk in Beauty's Way

Her discovery brought her to understand how the creative arts might be helpful in restoring sanity and soul to the pastor and congregation and be instrumental in connection both to the "Ground of All Being."

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Opening the Door to Wonder: The Enduring Gift of Sabbatical

Edward Horstmann, Senior Minister at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut, describes what he calls "certain fundamental shifts" that have taken place in the way that he regards and practices ministry

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An Invitation to Rest: What a Clergy Renewal Grant Can Do for You

Allen Burris, of Mitchell Church of Christ in Mitchell, Indiana, describes his pastoral sabbatical,

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The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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