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Have you thanked your pastor?

As the church slowly enters the post-pandemic era, pastors are exhausted and burnt out to the point that leaving the ministry altogether is tempting. A recent Barna study revealed that 29% of pastors have seriously considered doing just that: leaving full-time ministry. Too many have gone it alone, and it is taking its toll.

Minute for Mission: Educate a Child, Transform the World

During my first year as a pastor, there were certain milestones I knew to look forward to. I looked forward to the first time I stood at the communion table and invited my congregation to share in the feast, and the first time I marked an infant with water and proclaimed how much God loved her in baptism. I looked forward to my first Christmas and first sunrise Easter service. But there were other firsts that I didn’t know about that caught me off guard with their beauty.

Have you thanked your pastor?

The COVID pandemic impacted pastors especially hard, and congregations would do well to show their appreciation.

‘Surprised by joy’

The Rev. Stacy Smith says she has been “surprised by joy” as she looks back at the last five years of her life.

Pastor is called to become a mission co-worker in Malawi

The Rev. Cheryl Barnes was at her computer getting ready to go teach Bible school when the Lord sent an email. Of course, it wasn’t actually the Lord. The email was from World Mission about a mission co-worker position with a strong focus on education. She went down the list. It was as though it had been written for her. Then she saw the location. It was in Malawi. She shut down her computer and went to church determined to forget all about it.

A love for fly-fishing and radical neighboring

Without a pastor’s love for fly-fishing, Monica Carrillo might still be living in the shadows. And the Rev. Karlin Bilcher might still be unhealthy and depressed, after a terrible first experience in ministry that nearly cost him his family.

PC(USA) pastor recognized by 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

The Rev. Peg Roy of First Presbyterian Church in Auburndale, Florida, is being recognized by the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle as a Game Changer in her community, as part of the organization’s #iamagamechanger campaign.