Reflections on the profile of a grand cathedral brought low during Holy Week, and wondering if in being brought low, her profile may become still higher.
Cecil Van Niejenhuis
I am a pastor/congregation consultant for Pastor-Church Relations. In my role I focus on situations involving significant transition and conflict, advocating for healthy processes.
There are three basic points of view from which we tell our stories: hero, victim and villain. Listening to how we tell our own stories and others tell their stories can be instructive.
This post explores the challenge of navigating a life where the rhythm of family, spouse, and congregation are out of sync with the rhythm of a pastor's life.
Having some defined hours allows a pastor to plan and also allows people to plan. It is respectful of everyone’s need to plan. But exactly how many hours? This requires discernment.
How about asking a second question, just as real and powerful as how to get rid of a pastor: “Are there ways we could help our pastors grow and flourish in their places of ministry?”
Has the concept of “calling” been hijacked by the institutional church? I wonder. In our Reformed theological tradition we acknowledge the priesthood of all believers.
The focus on excellence over the last years is not uniquely Christian Reformed, but is prevalent throughout our society in workplaces and institutions of learning. At first glance, a focus on excellence seems excellent!