When the clock is ticking.
People in your congregation are at different stages on this journey of figuring out their Methodist identity.
You are holding discussions with divergent viewpoints, spoken and unspoken.
You must moderate these discussions and hold it all together.
Sure, you have resources for guiding your congregation(s) as they seek to navigate what disaffiliation is, where they stand, and what they should/will do. You are there for them. Yet, this leaves a big question:
Who is there for you as you lead your congregation(s), giving of your time, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy?
And all the time, the clock is ticking as the decision time draws nearer.
Time . . . it keeps moving along and there is nothing you or I can do about it. But, that’s a good thing, isn’t it? Unless, you are up against a deadline and are not sure what to do, what the future will be.
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
Some of these decisions are out of your hands and in those of the congregation’s. Will we stay or will we go? If we go, will we be independent or will we join another Methodist body? What is the process? How can we keep it from being acrimonious? When is the best time to act?
Questions. Questions. Questions.
Their questions and yours. Okay. The congregation’s decision is their decision, but, how does it affect yours? What do you want to do? Where do you see yourself?
It all adds up to a pressure mix.
Whether you have a short or longish decision making time-frame, the clock is ticking. You should not be dealing with this alone.
After only a brief time with her, I was able to discern a prayerful way to navigate challenges in ministry. This is thanks to her connection with God and centered leadership.
In times of change and challenge, refocus and reaffirm the basics that we cover in these three critical areas.
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Claire Annelise Smith, PhD, aka Dr. Claire, is an author, speaker, and spiritual mentor and coach, and founder of Blazing Star Network, a professional training and spiritual coaching firm. A big believer in living optimally, Dr. Claire helps leaders in transition organize their busy lives to have more time to connect with themselves, the people they love most, and God … without stress and guilt. Dr. Claire has previously served as a pastor, as well as Director of youTheology and Youth Ministry Specialist-in-Residence at Saint Paul School of Theology.
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