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9/23/11 12:07 A

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I am ordained over 20 years. I serve as a solo ELCA Lutheran pastor of a "almost" program size congregation. Previously I served as an assistant to the bishop, and lived in my car. When I realized that my children were almost grown, and I only had a few years left to enjoy them, I went back to the parish.

I love being the "jack of all trades" and deeply appreciate seeing the same faces at the altar rail after the years of preaching in a different pulpit each week as a judicatory staff person. I enjoyed being a pastor to my peers, but there is something wonderful about visiting the elderly and teaching the children that was missing in my former call. Besides, now I typically only go to one church council meeting a month, and they are not usually angry or afraid to see me!

(I still do occasional consulting work around church conflict, glutton for punishment that I am, but it is a much smaller part of my work than it once was.)

Get up offa that thing! - James Brown

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"Christ has no body now but mine. He prays in me, works in me, looks through my eyes, speaks through my words, works through my hands, walks with my feet and loves with my heart."
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8/14/11 6:33 A

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I guess I need to weigh in as the only Episcopalian so far...I am the rector of a church (program size)- have been a priest for 20 years, and a school chaplain before that. I loved reading these postings - loved the ones from Oregon since I lived in Portland for a few years. Good food at parish events makes losing weight hard!

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8/11/11 11:44 A

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This team is one of the most ecumenical groups I belong to; I love it! Some faith traditions I don't know much about.

I am a second career Lutheran pastor (the ELCA, as they ordain women). I was ordained about 5 years ago into a two point parish call. After almost 3 years of angering the matriarchal family of one, I was allowed a leave of absence, then asked to resign. They expected the other, smaller congregation to ask me to leave too, instead SMLC asked me to stay, part time. So, I have a part time pay, full time hours call in rural Ohio. I am in love with the congregation and have so enjoyed this past year seeing the people blossom, coming out from under the bullying behavior of the other, larger congregation.

I also led the synod pilot program for a malaria campaign; the ELCA is voting to adopt it nationally this month. Last year I began sub teaching too - to supplement my income. I do not have a teaching degree, but basically control discipline in jr and senior high classes.

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." ~Jack Dixon (SparkPeople)


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8/10/11 1:23 P

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I am the Assistant Rabbi at a large (800 household) Conservative Jewish congregation. (I'm the rabbi that led to Todd's interfaith question). I do a little of everything--preaching, counseling, life cycle events, teaching kids and adults, outreach/engagement, spirituality/seeker services. I love my job, but there are days/weeks that make me shake my head and wonder what in the world I'm doing leading a congregation!

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8/8/11 7:17 P

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I just started bible college a month ago, and am loving it. I've been teaching for six years and just recently started taking more responsibility for the children's department at our church. I am in training under our children's pastor (my mentor) and learning sooo much! :)

I am looking forward to doing this for as long as I am able and seeing all that God has in store for me! :)

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1/7/10 7:30 P

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@ CRYS279 - What a beautiful spirit you have in guarding the Lord's often ignored leaders. I pray He blessed you for your kindness.

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12/11/09 2:00 P

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I have been a pastor for about 17 years. I'm also a licensed therapist. A few years ago I gave up my pastorate to return to working as a therapist in order to have my weekends free to spend with my teenagers. On weekends, I help my husband with his churches when things come up that he needs an ordained pastor for, I've started a class for junior and senior high students. I also do pulpit supply (usually when they need an ordained pastor for communion) and funerals for those who don't have a church or pastor.

Even though I'm not working full time as a pastor any more I've realized that its part of my identity and who I am.
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12/5/09 9:38 A

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I'm UCC. I work on the staff of our conference, with oversight over 62 churches spread across a large geographical area. I serve as pastor to pastors, coordinate search and call, resources congregations in various areas (including conflict management and resolution), staff several committees, and live in my car.


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9/25/09 3:17 A

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I am a missionary to Old Mexico and have been for 47 years. Have been in full time minister for over 50. Have worked in children's ministry, rescue mission pastor, evangelizing and pastoring a small church before going to Mexico in 1962. I am non-denominational.
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The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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8/6/09 10:37 P

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I am "second career" pastor. After raising my kids I went back to school and in 2007 I graduated with my MDiv and shortly after was called to be the Senior Pastor of the church I was attending/serving in . We are a multi-cultural Mennonite church in Canada.

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7/26/09 7:01 P

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I am retired. I do two worship services a month and a Bible study once a week in an assistant living home.

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7/11/09 1:26 A

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I am non-denominational although I grew up Baptist. I work as Chaplain.

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4/3/09 1:20 P

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Gilgeorge- you mentioned you were in Oregon, are you attending George Fox or is there another Quaker/Friends school out that way? (If I'm being too nosy, you can inore that question!)

I was from the Portland area, and had a number of extended family members that were Friends out in Newburg. Most have passed on now.

I am Nazarene. My husband and I are both pastors, as many of our friends are too.






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3/31/09 4:41 A

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I am a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. I work mainly with youth (ages 3 to 18), although I also function in the rest of the congregation. I love the the people and am so fortunate to do the work I'm doing! God is good!

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3/28/09 10:49 A

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Thanks for the clarification. I didn't know that. I became familiar with the Friends in the 1990s. I became an ethusiastic facitilator with AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project). Until then I barely knew anything about the Friends. My friend and mentor, Lee Stern, died while I was in seminary but he remains one of the most profound influences on my life. Their meetings were not the programmed type and I came to appreciate the long periods of reflection and silence when I worshipped with them. Even today, I wish we could incorporate more silence into our noisy services. It is hard to hear from God when we're making so much noise all the time!
Blessings to you,
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2/10/09 3:13 A

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There are basically 2 large categories of Quakers:
Unprogrammed - everyone sits in silence and there is no structure to a meeting for worship other than being opened and closed by the clerk of the meeting.

Programmed - Has a pastor and music, and a loose structure to meetings for worship. There is still about 10 - 15 minutes of silence in the service usually.

I have been part of the programmed Quakers since 2003, and was part of the Brethren in Christ before that.

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Thank you! I did not know Friends had a formal pastor. This process is fascinating. Thank you for sharing it. Blessings to you and your meeting!
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2/9/09 3:36 A

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I am a Quaker Pastor in Oregon. I am in Seminary going for a Masters in Ministry Leadership with a focus on Spiritual Direction.
I just started school and was pastor of a church in Tacoma, WA until May of last year when my daughter Amy was born.
When I first felt the call to ministry I asked God what I did to deserve that kind of punishment and ran. After God drew me out of my Jonah phase, I was mentored by a Christ-centered Quaker Pastor and am currently in the process of recording my pastoral gifts with the Yearly Meeting. (In the Friends' tradition, the Holy Spirit ordains and we record the gifts the Spirit has bestowed in the minutes of the annual meeting. The process involves discernment, mentoring, contemplation, internship and study. If you are interested, I am bloggin about the process at qpastor.blogspot.com )

Grace and Peace,
Gil qpastor.blogspot.com

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2/5/09 5:45 P

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Bless you! That's encouraging. I'm the solo pastor at a 200 member congregation. We have one part-time admin. asst. It's rough sometimes, but I love the Lord and I love his church and I LOVE his nutty, broken 'sheep', of whom I am chief. emoticon

God's peace to you...

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2/2/09 12:40 P

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I am the (only) ministry assistant/church secretary to a Southern Baptist Church, and the daughter of a pastor (different church) who has held so many layperson jobs in the church it's unbelievable (music director, youth director, treasurer, etc.). I am a member of yet another church. Right now I am taking time off from all of the other church "jobs" because handling the church office is enough to make anyone stressed out, however I know it won't last long.

I feel that one of my main responsibilities in the church office, besides the normal administrative and financial tasks, is to protect the pastor's family time and study time. Anything I can do to make his job easier and the quality of life better for his family is, as far as I'm concerned, an unwritten part of the job description. (I'm sure being a PK myself has a lot to do with that.)

For those of you who are pastors, Thank you for all you do. God did not call me to lead his people, he called me to assist those who do. Or as I like to say "I've seen the job the boss has, and I don't want it!" emoticon

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


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2/2/09 1:27 A

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I am a minister to seniors with the Apostolic church of Pentecost of Canada.

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2/1/09 6:51 P

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My husband is a United Methodist Minister of 2 small churches. I have the hardest job - being his wife! Haha. Kidding :)

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2/1/09 6:21 P

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I'm an associate pastor in charge of children & family ministries and education & small groups. I serve an urban, United Methodist church.

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I am a program director for DOOR, a urban ministry program that is connected to Mennonite Church USA and Presbyterian Church USA.

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2/1/09 6:46 A

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I'm United Methodist, currently serving as a pastor at a church in a college town. We are right across the street from one of the Universities and much of my work is with college students. It's great work!

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1/31/09 5:44 P

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I'm United Church of Christ. Right now, I'm finishing up seminary, so I'm in the "writing papers" ministry, primarily. When I graduate, I want to be in pastoral ministry, as an associate pastor focused on youth ministry and Christian education.

Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit
Called or uncalled, God is present.
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I'm wondering what different areas of ministry people are in. I'm a layperson and Christian educator working for my denominational offices. I'm staff to the women's organization. Oh yeah, I'm Presbyterian.

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