Now could be the time to rediscover why we chose a faith community in the first place and to consider what’s next, writes the director of the Thriving Congregations Coordination Program at Duke Divinity.
Don’t let the ingrained belief that only churches with full-time pastors can thrive keep you from making the switch to part-time clergy, writes an author who has researched the effects of part-time ministry.
John Gasangwa, an entrepreneur who grew up in a refugee camp, uses his business training to create jobs in remote western Rwanda. Arise Rwanda Ministries has developed the coffee trade as well as educational and microlending opportunities for people living in the region.
Developing a leadership pathway for people in his congregation helped an associate pastor avoid the last-minute scramble to fill open positions. The six-month process includes prayer, reading, discussion and discernment.