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3/24/10 1:05 A

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I have been a pastor and a chaplain, and find that they are very different from each other, as is my gifting toward them. I am currently serving as a pastor with my husband, but am praying that one day God would re-open my opportunities for chaplaincy. I have served in hospice, hospital and fire department and find them very fulfilling. I am a HORRID introvert, but for some reason I can handle hard tragedies and feel like I am doing something. For some reason the daily life of the church gets overwhelming to me and I just feel like the shoes fit better in chaplaincy.

I would find some local mentors and spend some time with them as you are exploring. Dive in and get your hands dirty! CPE will help you in many ways, and give you the chaplaincy exposure. If you get into a program don't be shy about seeking out the opportunities that are available through that. You might find what shoes fit you the best and what motivates you, gives you energy, and even on the worst day still feel like you are doing the right thing. Doing something that isn't right will drain you very quickly and frustrate you. Sometimes it takes a while to figure all of it out.






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2/24/10 10:31 A

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Welcome! I too struggle with the disciplines that I know will move be forward in my spiritual journey. I am a United Methodist and find God through Bible studies (being a participant and leading), through prayer (both community and individual), through participating in Holy Communion (I partake at weekly chapel, monthly Sunday morning and monthly Sunday evening worship), reading Scripture and Christian classics. The area that I find the most difficult to make a daily practice is Scripture reading and intentional focused prayer with God. In fact, to help with that, I enjoy going on retreats. We are having a Lenten retreat at a Benedictine monastery this weekend and I am looking forward to being led in How to Stay in Love with God.

My prayers will be with you as you continue to discern the path God is leading.


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Greetings everyone... I hope that you are all well as you read this, and thank you so much for taking the time to read my posting.

I am a 28 year old former seminary student, potential CPE resident (hopefully, my applications are out and I'm waiting to hear about interviews), and a woman who lost her way for a few years and is desperately trying to get back on track spiritually and with my career as a minister.

One of my goals in 2010 is to develop a daily spiritual practice. The point behind this is to build the discipline to have a deeper, richer spiritual life. I am having trouble with this goal and am finding that even my weight loss and fitness goals are easier to work on than this!!

So, I am asking this community for help. I am asking for some conversations with folks (by email, as replies to this post, or on the phone or skype) experienced in ministry (chaplaincy or as a pastor) who desire to reach out to someone early in her career as a minister.

A little more about me: I'm Protestant, raised United Methodist with strong Baptist ties (through my grandparents' amazing church community). I'm from the Midwest originally and currently live in the Bay Area, California (right now in San Francisco, but I'm moving to Oakland in two weeks!!).

I was not sure where I was headed when I entered seminary, but I am feeling a strong pull towards chaplaincy or the pastorate. I am currently trying to decide which denomination to affiliate with, and am exploring churches in Oakland and Berkeley. I am mostly looking for a church home that can nurture me (and my fiance), and to whom I can give back in meaningful ways (pastoral counseling, group leading, bible study, etc.). Currently I am interested in the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church of the US, and the Disciples of Christ, but I am open and truly appreciate what different denominations and church styles bring to the table in terms of ways to lead a holy life and be in beloved community.

If you feel a pull to write me, please do. Or if you simply want to offer a few suggestions or some encouragement, that would be great. Feel free to email me through Spark People anytime.

Much Love, Gratitude, and Peace!



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