Clergy Families: Keeping up Appearances

by Linda S. Hileman
Mary and Matthew Winkler were, according to members of their congregation, the perfect pastoral couple. At least they seemed to be until Mary, by her own admission, shot Matthew… read more

What Lights You Up?: Staying Alive in Ministry

by Donna Schaper
Staying alive in ministry involves knowing what we mean by “alive” and what we mean by “ministry.” There is a pollution of words and confusion of roles… read more

When the Healer Is Wounded Who Will Bring the Bandages and Wine?

by Thomas R. Steagald
In the late summer of 1995, Tom Steagald experienced a profound crisis of faith and ministry. A  nine-month voluntary leave of absence allowed him to relocate and begin… read more

Called to Both Ministry & Motherhood

by Jennifer Irvine Goto
I'm new at this. My son, Dakota, is just a year old and my Certificate for Probationary Membership was recently hung on my office wall. My son is still of the age that I'm… read more

Being Yourself… and More!

by Glifton E Guthrie
I asked a small group of lay preachers in a workshop, “What is your biggest concern about preaching?” One of them said with a chuckle, “How can I preach in my… read more

Off-Balance, Searching for Sacred Rhythm

by Judith E. Smith
A number of years ago I found myself teetering precariously on the edge of burnout. I was working too many hours, paying too little attention to my family and my own health… read more
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