Six Lessons for a New Pandemic Rector

By Clint Wilson I arrived in my parish five weeks before the pandemic hit Louisville, Ky. Is this what it felt like to start as a firefighter five weeks before 9/11? I am now 20 months into my tenure, and I ... Read More...

Negative Capability: A Pastoral Virtue

What does the poet John Keats have to teach the pastors of the church? John Bauerschmidt expands on a suggestion of Eugene Peterson, and suggests how we need to maximize  our “negative capability.”

Why I Wear Black

By Zachary Guiliano I always knew I’d wear black. My first inkling came when I was 18 and an intern at a Pentecostal church. I attended a short course on recovery ministries, and a local Salvation Army preacher was there, too, in black shirt and collar. Thi... Read More...

The Necessity of Pastoral Visiting

By Cole Hartin Barring the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic, if you are not visiting folks in your congregation, then you are probably not their pastor. This was a difficult truth for me to learn. I grew up attending a large congregation that ha... Read More...

Leaving Ourselves Behind

By Nick Comiskey Every ministry context presents unique challenges and opportunities. Here’s mine: I serve as the associate rector of an Anglican (ACNA) church in Austin, TX, a city marked by the density of ... Read More...

A Modern-Day Pastoral Rule

These will be useful volumes to own — a kind of encyclopedia of pastoral wisdom to dip in and out of and a useful corrective to models of mission and ministry that over-emphasize advocacy or achievement at the expense of personal relationships.