Colleagues in Ministry: Are you weary from the storm?
The pandemic is placing unprecedented demands on our pastors. They are called upon to adapt to unprecedented ways of doing ministry, to walk with people through all types of losses, and to work to resolves tensions and conflicts spawned by the stress of the pandemic in the lives of their parishioners and churches.
Looking back, we know this long season has resulted in our pastors sometimes neglecting or having to renegotiate relationships. The pandemic has raised new theological questions among our pastors and their parishioners. It has challenged pastors’ understanding of their calling to ministry and what local church ministry will be like in the future.
Our pastors need to assess how the pandemic is shaping them, for better or worse, and how it has reshaped the practices of local church ministry.
It's Time: Regaining Balance
Thanks to a Palmer Grant, ABCNYS is offering an event for pastors and spouses to come and be together. It is an opportunity to "check-in" with colleagues and assess what has changed in our ministry, our personal lives and how to regain balance.
On June 3-4, 2022 (Good News Center, Utica), an event for married pastors and chaplains and their spouses, with a grant subsidized cost of $50 per couple (or $30, if commuting). Registration deadline: May 15, 2022
At both events, we will be joined by the Rev. David C. Olsen, PhD, LCSW, and an ordained American Baptist. David brings many years of experience as a local church pastor, Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center in Scotia, NY, and author of several books on marriage, family therapy, couples counseling and clergy self-care and boundaries. He will facilitate our conversations and provide insight from his considerable congregational and clinical pastoral care.