Author

Clare Cardia

Clare Cardia is a pseudonym for a United Methodist pastor and former newspaper journalist. The author’s name, and that of “Miss Em,” have been changed to protect Miss Em’s privacy.

The matriarch

Learning to work with the elderly church secretary is a lesson in love for a new pastor.

Nathalie Nelson Parker

Reflective Leadership Grants offer a step back

“The ability to slow down ... allowed me time to listen, explore and be more impactful for the communities I am called to serve.” 

— Nathalie Nelson Parker, Civitas Consulting Group 

Christian leaders from a variety of roles are welcome to apply. The grants provide “balcony time” to reflect on accomplishments, broaden perspectives and discern next steps. The application deadline is May 28, 2024.

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