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  • My life as a pastor spouse

    Posted May 11, 2016 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Sonia Vorster | Looking back over my life as the spouse of a pastor, I remember the excitement when my husband stepped into his calling. I immediately began to search for the dos and don’ts for my role because I knew nothing of the duties or behavioral patterns of a pastor’s spouse. Though I did not find anything in my research in the scriptures, I did know that I would become a "First Lady" and that gave me joy.

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  • Clergy spouses gathering 2015

    Posted May 04, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Joyce Thomas | In April 2015, I consulted with a group of pastors’ spouses about the role of clergy spouses and how Christian Theological Seminary could support them in their own ministries. While a growing number of men are now taking on the role of pastor’s spouses, this particular group was comprised solely of women. My goal was to talk about what personal needs were not getting met for these clergy spouses, considering they were spending so much time taking care of others.

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  • Home Again

    Posted May 03, 2016 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    The impact upon the congregation was positive and focused. The church offered the sabbatical as a gift to myself and my family. The vast majority of congregants were genuinely rooting for me in the long waiting period between submission of the application and confirmation of selection. The congregation burst into spontaneous applause when they learned that we had been selected by the Clergy Renewal Program.

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  • Posted May 25, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    PEN hosts second Pastoral Residency School

    The second Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN) Pastoral Residency School convened on April 25-27 at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Pastoral residencies provide opportunities for newly or about to be ordained clergy to have a ministry experience in a congregation, supported by mentoring and intentional learning and pastoral formation experiences.

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  • Posted May 18, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    Deep Calls to Deep Launching at Virginia Theological Seminary!

    On Saturday, April 30, Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN) Director Larry Peers led a training session for Peer Guides in Virginia Theological Seminary’s new Deep Calls to Deep: A Program to Strengthen Episcopal Preaching.

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  • Posted May 16, 2016 | New Media Project

    Introducing The Storebox

    We are delighted to announce that The Storebox is now live. The New Media Project Storebox is a place to gather as many different “case studies” as we can of what Christians are doing in the vast, expanding, intimate, connected, and interconnected landscape of digital media. It is a repository of Christian “experiments” in new and digital media.

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