A Prayer for When the Institution Lets You Down Rev. Kerry Greenhill © 2018 God, you know I love you, but sometimes I find it so hard to love your people, so hard to see your goodness in the body we call the Church. What is it about humankind that makes us clutch at every … Continue reading A Prayer for When the Institution Lets You Down
by Rev. Kerry Greenhill © 2012 Let us give thanks for the ministry of small details: For greetings offered and doors unlocked for attendance entered and reminders sent for expenses processed and checks prepared we give thanks for your service in Christ’s name. For floors mopped and polished and carpets vacuumed for lilies ordered and mail … Continue reading Litany of Gratitude for Staff with a Servant’s Heart
It's the most wonderful time of the year... unless you're knee-deep in end-of-year reports and business meetings, up to your ears in events for children and youth, swamped with worship planning for a dozen special services (each with their own sacred cows), and managing your own family of origin stresses and dysfunctions at the same … Continue reading Meditations to Help You Re-Connect with God
Sacred Stones Ministries invites clergy and laypeople from Colorado’s eastern plains and surrounding areas to join us for Tending the Soil: Practices to Enrich Your Ministry, on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Burlington United Methodist Church will host a day of worship, workshops, and conversation, starting at 9:30 a.m. and finishing by 3:00 p.m. Four ordained … Continue reading Tending the Soil: Practices to Enrich Your Ministry
Perhaps you read about Rev. Kerry's training and coaching opportunity, Worship for the Whole Community (and if you haven't yet, please check it out!), and you thought, "Well, it sounds great, but this is a difficult time to take on something new. Too much pressure, too much going on with Advent and Christmas (on a … Continue reading Worship for the Whole Community (Pt 2): Why It Matters, How It Will Help You
Why do people come to worship? What spiritual and human needs do your church’s worship experiences currently meet? What groups of people in your community are under-represented (or not represented at all) in your congregation? How can you more effectively reach out to include and bless people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles? If your church … Continue reading Worship for the Whole Community: Training & Coaching Opportunity
Summer is often a season of transition in United Methodist circles, as the clergy appointment year begins July 1. For those serving churches, especially itinerant elders, this often means farewells in June and new beginnings in July. For other clergy, including elders in extension ministry or deacons serving beyond the local church, summer is the … Continue reading Season of Transition: Welcome, Doug!
Is "Follow your passion" the best advice for those seeking meaningful work? To what extent does developing specific skills or expertise help you find work you love? Rev. Kerry reviews Cal Newport’s 2012 book with an eye to ministry applications.
I just returned from attending The Young Clergy Women Project Conference, an annual gathering sponsored by an international, ecumenical organization that works to support younger clergywomen. One hundred and eleven of us gathered in Boston to build relationships, grow professionally, and be reminded “You are not the only one.” Our keynote speaker was Susan … Continue reading Standing at the Threshold, by Rev. Kerry
A blessing for those stepping out of parish ministry. // The rhythms are different this side of the pulpit. Like walking ashore...