Developing a leadership pathway for people in his congregation helped an associate pastor avoid the last-minute scramble to fill open positions. The six-month process includes prayer, reading, discussion and discernment.
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There’s no perfect church. So embrace what you have by practicing gratitude, writes a lay leader.
Connecting with people and institutions outside the walls of the church isn’t a job for professional staff alone, says the author of “7 Creative Models for Community Ministry.”
The Rev. David McNitzky teaches at a Thursday night session of the Quarry, a leadership program of Alamo Heights UMC in San Antonio. Katie Clementson
Two pastors at a UMC church in San Antonio have created a new model of training they call the Quarry, which has developed into a creative community of leaders.
Bishop Joseph A. Galante at a commissioning service at St. Anthony of Padua, Hammonton, N.J. Photo by Christine Scheller
In a time of great change in the Catholic Diocese of Camden, NJ, a program gives laypeople the skills they need to bring a new vibrancy and passion to the local parish.
If it's not about the money, how do we faithfully motivate laity and clergy for faithful ministry?
The Rev. John Heinemeier retired from ministry after 45 years, then returned to work and became the part-time vicar of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, N.C. Photo by York Wilson
St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, N.C., illustrates a new model for underserved churches: active laity and retired pastors.
Two years ago, tiny Saint Cyprian’s Episcopal Church was dying. Today, to everyone’s surprise, it is beginning to thrive. It’s a testament to the work of dedicated lay leaders in the historically African-American congregation and a retired white Lutheran pastor.