Clergy Couples: Reflections on Health and Well-being

Reverend Liz Faircloth DeWeese and her husband Reverend Don DeWeese are both LTS alums. We're grateful for Liz's candid reflection on what that means for their lives, calling and well-being. Liz pastors Central Christian Church, Kettering, OH. Being healthy and well while living out your calling as an ordained clergy person, especially when you are married to someone else who is living out their calling as an ordained clergy person is not impossible. But sometimes it will feel that... Read More

MINISTRY!!

William and his family EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog post is submitted as part of the experience of Rev.William Brown as a member of the inaugural Ministry Life Choices Initiative Clergy Peer Group. This MLCI Clergy Peer Group was launched in January of 2016 as a way of creating intentional, supportive, peer-led space for recent LTS graduates to share ministry and life together. The six group participants and their facilitator have made covenant to journey together for 18 months, and will... Read More

Journeying Together

The MLCI Clergy Peer Group gathers together for dinner, January 2016 by the Reverend Laurie Metzko, M. Div. 2015, Lexington Theological Seminary EDITOR'S NOTE: This blog post is submitted as part of the experience of Rev. Laurie Metzko as a member of the inaugural Ministry Life Choices Initiative Clergy Peer Group. This MLCI Clergy Peer Group was launched in January of 2016 as a way of creating intentional, supportive, peer-led space for recent LTS graduates to share ministry and life... Read More

Hopes for the Year

I start a new year like a runner lacing up her squeaky new shoes for a test-run around the block. Don’t put too much pressure on the idea of an immediate transformation; I know I won’t be marathon ready yet. But perhaps this fresh start - this sense of unknown, uncharted territory - can be a major player in the ongoing journey of becoming fully me. Six years ago, a week before Christmas, I stood on what seemed like the starting line: the steps of University Christian Church in Fort... Read More

Resting Pastor Face

These last few weeks we've heard from various guest writers as they reflect on their own sense of pastoral/vocational identity. We asked these writers to share their thoughts believing that an essential piece of overall health and well-being for clergy is a sense of self that extends “beyond the pulpit”, but that also embraces the realities of their calling to ministry. We’re grateful for the thoughts of these fine pastors and welcome your engagement with them in conversation. This... Read More

MLCI Series: Reflections on Pastoral Identity

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be hearing from various guest writers as they reflect on their own sense of pastoral/vocational identity. We’ve asked these writers to share their thoughts believing that an essential piece of overall health and well-being for clergy is a sense of self that extends “beyond the pulpit”, but that also embraces the realities of their calling to ministry. We’re grateful for the thoughts of these fine pastors and welcome your engagement with them in... Read More

MLCI Series: Pastoral Identity

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be hearing from various guest writers as they reflect on their own sense of pastoral/vocational identity. We’ve asked these writers to share their thoughts believing that an essential piece of overall health and well-being for clergy is a sense of self that extends “beyond the pulpit”, but that also embraces the realities of their calling to ministry. We’re grateful for the thoughts of these fine pastors and welcome your engagement with them in... Read More

MLCI Blog: Reflecting on Pastoral Identity

Over the next several weeks, we'll be hearing from various guest writers as they reflect on their own sense of pastoral/vocational identity. We've asked these writers to share their thoughts believing that an essential piece of overall health and well-being for clergy is a sense of self that extends "beyond the pulpit", but that also embraces the realities of their calling to ministry. We're grateful for the thoughts of these fine pastors and welcome your engagement with them in... Read More

Clergy Health–What Matters Most?

The General Board for Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church lists thirteen key factors that influence clergy health and well-being. Those factors are (parenthetical comments added by MLCI blogger): Job satisfaction Relationship with congregation Work/life balance Living authentically Personal centeredness Marital and family satisfaction Stressors of the appointment process (for non-UMC denominations this would refer to "Search and Call" or whatever process... Read More

Ministry as Running/Running as Ministry

I’m a runner. It seemed as if I started one afternoon on a relatively blank and open road and the new story of my life and ministry began to fill in along the way. Just before taking my first steps into life as a seminarian, I was given advice to make self-care a priority.  Thankfully, I had begun that practice without knowing it would be a significant part of what sustained me and gave me the strength to face the challenges that came along the way. Being a first year seminarian was... Read More