It’s time to recalibrate expectations for clergy

  By Nathan Kirkpatrick Managing director, Leadership Education at Duke Divinity Denominations and congregations have based their expectations on full-time, paid ministry — and yet the trend is toward part-time, bivocational and unpaid clergy. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Earlier this year, I taught an introductory parish leadership class to 40 part-time local church pastors. Most of … Continue reading “It’s time to recalibrate expectations for clergy”

Catherine A. Caimano: Rethinking ‘outreach’

By Catherine A. Caimano Free-range priest   The problem with ‘outreach’ is that it is ‘out there,’ and often presumes that we have no needs ‘in here,’ writes a denominational leader. But we are called to be near, to serve our neighbor both far away and in the next pew. Monday, August 25, 2014 Whenever … Continue reading “Catherine A. Caimano: Rethinking ‘outreach’”

Jennifer R. Ayres: Could more time for wandering transform theological education?

Rural Vermont.  Bigstock / Snehitdesign   By Jennifer R. Ayres Associate professor, Candler School of Theology Wandering and getting lost is crucial to the practice of ministry. And it must be honored in our seminary classrooms, the places where religious leaders are formed, writes a seminary professor. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Last year, on a vacation … Continue reading “Jennifer R. Ayres: Could more time for wandering transform theological education?”

Becoming a donkey church

By Jeffrey Metcalfe on June 20, 2017   Aldo and his goat companion, Alli, have been dubbed “the delight of old Quebec” by the CBC. Photo: Diocese of Quebec calendar I will be the first to admit that I have never really been a fan of large, herbaceous quadrupeds.Growing up on a small hobby farm in … Continue reading “Becoming a donkey church”

Former doctor in New Zealand to return there as a bishop

Posted on: June 16, 2017 Revd Dr Steven Benford Photo Credit: Anglican Taonga A clergyman who worked in New Zealand as a doctor in the 1990s is returning there as the new Bishop of Dunedin. Revd Dr Steven Benford, currently serving in the Diocese of London, was a doctor for twenty nine years. Making the … Continue reading “Former doctor in New Zealand to return there as a bishop”