Category Archives: Uncategorized


These days our congregational leaders are more empowered than ever. With more complex and specific information on the internet, members have a lot of resources, whether Biblical interpretations, mission statements, professional pay scales and guidelines for growth. They can compare … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Coming and Going

My apologies to my subscribers and regular readers for my long silence. I have been in transition, busy moving from a small pastorate and beginning work as an interim minister in a multi-staff congregation. It has been a busy summer. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Praise Be

Sometimes ministers feel that they are carrying the entire congregation on their shoulders and that the church would crumble without them. But no matter how much we do as religious leaders, we know that we are not the church. Our … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

virtually news – part 1

This is my third blog post. Like most ministers and rabbis, I have plenty to say and no end of opinions. Right now I am between congregations, but as a minister I had the forums of pulpits, newsletter articles, the … Continue reading

Posted in communication, congregations, elders, newsletters, newsletters, respect, stewardship, tools for mininsters, Uncategorized, websites | 2 Comments

It’s All in the Family

One of my mentors, Rev. Charles Gravenstine, believes that the only really effective kind of pre-marital counseling is to have the couple prepare and discuss Genograms. Genograms are family trees of behavior that were developed by Monica McGoldrick and Randy Gerson. A … Continue reading

Posted in addictions, divorce, families, family conflict, family patterns, growth, marriage, pastoral counseling, pre-marital counseling, tools for mininsters, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Clergy in Crisis

Most people go into the ministry to make the world a better place by inspiring people to live more Godly and courageous lives. We hope to be both models and mentors to people in their struggles to find meaning out of … Continue reading

Posted in burn-out, calling, congregations, goals, God's work, ministry, rabbis, spiritual crisis, Uncategorized, vision | Leave a comment