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
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!
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...
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