Earlier this summer, for the second year in a row, I had the privilege of serving as the Worship Faculty for Local Pastor Licensing School of the Rockies, a 10-day "boot camp" for new pastors in this region of The United Methodist Church (and a few from other parts of the U.S.!). Talking with folks … Continue reading Ask a Liturgy Nerd: Rev. Kerry Answers Your Worship Questions
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
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...
Rev. Denise shared this poem with the Sacred Stones Ministries board at our meeting this month. We hope it offers you a moment of refreshment and inspiration as you look ahead to this still-fresh year as well.
Earlier this month I (Denise) was visiting my parents back in my hometown. I haven’t lived there for a very long time, and rarely am I there over a Sunday because of my clergy duties back home. But on this visit I happened to be there on a Sunday. After searching the internet for local … Continue reading Five Ways Your Church May Be Making Visitors Feel Unwelcome – and How to Fix Them, by Revs. Denise Bender and Kerry Greenhill
In the United Methodist system of appointing pastors to churches, July 1 is the usual start date for pastors in their new ministry settings. Transitions can be challenging for everyone involved - the pastor, the church they leave behind, the new church, and the pastor's spouse or family. I wrote about this more extensively last … Continue reading Transition Time – A Blessing, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill
As many of you know, June marks my official return to ministry work after three months of maternity leave. Anneliese Joy was born March 10, and my husband Dave and I could not be more thrilled to have her in our lives. Of course, there have been plenty of challenges along the way, and I … Continue reading How Pastoral Transitions Are Like Having a Baby, or What I Learned on My Maternity Leave
Lord God, you are my strength. Hold my hand in my weakness and teach my heart to fly. With you, there's nothing to fear, nothing to worry about. Hold me tight in your embrace, so that I can be stronger than the challenges in my life. Amen. (from Alive Now Facebook page) This week, our family of … Continue reading Hold My Hand in Weakness by Rev. Nani Arning
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. ― Meister Eckhart Today is our official public launch as Sacred Stones Ministries. We have filed Articles of Incorporation as a Colorado non-profit organization, received the approval of the Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and Appointive Cabinet as a ministry setting for Deacons, and … Continue reading It’s our birthday!