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  • Ask eleven curious questions and learn a lot!

    Posted Mar 12, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Robert A. Harris | An interim pastor colleague noticed that women wouldn't enter the pastor's study. Another friend discovered that even though the church board approved a proposal to have a healing service, nobody showed up. A number of members criticized the pastor for urging them to tithe. What's going on in those situations? What unspoken norms are behind these behaviors? How can you, especially as a new pastor, avoid stepping into minefields?

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  • Now that we have seen the effects

    Posted Mar 04, 2015 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    By congregation members from John Knox Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN | Our primary goal as a congregation was to seek out what “Sabbath Keeping” meant to us and how we incorporate this into our lives. This was to be a time of renewal and rest. It was also to be a time to discuss “building an effective long-term pastorate” and how we want to live into it with Frank.

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  • A prophetic calling: Reflections on the “Dare we speak of hope” conference

    Posted Feb 12, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Alex Creager and Rachel Vogado | On a cold, snowy November week, a group of Lutheran, Baptist, and Presbyterian pastoral residents and supervisors gathered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We gathered to learn from each other and to listen to the prophetic preaching and message of Dr. Allan Boesak, South African theologian and principal author of the Belhar Confession.

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