Transforming Pastoral Ministry: Congregational Leadership


I don’t know much about cars.

I do know that ALL wheeled vehicles have axles.  After browsing the internet, I learned that axles are used for steering, driving, and braking.  They are, therefore, crucial for basically every aspect of vehicular transportation.

Further (to sound more knowledgeable than I am), they transfer power and torque from your engine to your wheels.  This means that axles withstand the accelerated forces of driving and braking.

Axles, it seems, always endure stress as they perform the job that makes it possible for me to drive from point A to point B.

Cars, Congregations, and the Rhythm of Co-laboring

As I’ve been reflecting and writing on what I am calling Transforming Pastoral Ministry and Leadership, I am coming to believe that the ‘axle’ of the entire “Pillar and Rhythms” paradigm is Congregational Leadership as a wearisome but wonderful practice of Co-laboring.

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Transforming Pastoral Ministry, 6: Called to “Curate”


I love lemons.

They are, by far, one of my favorite fruits!

I most enjoy lemons in the vast array of pies, tarts, cookies, and cakes Melissa takes the time to bake.

To enjoy lemons, in any form, dozens of things must happen first.

I won’t list all of those things (because I don’t know them), but I will note a handful that are helpful for our analogy of cultivating/curating.

  1. A seed is planted.
  2. A tree must grow in soil that is conditioned and nurtured to encourage its growth.
  3. Bugs, insects, and a variety of other air-born pestilences must be vigilantly guarded against.
  4. A bloom bursts forth.
  5. A fruit grows from the bloom.
  6. The fruit ripens on the tree.
  7. Eventually, someone picks the fruit.

Well, you get the picture!

At some point, I finally get to sink my teeth into some form of lemon-infused dinner, drink, or dessert!

An Ancient Art!

In order for any of this to take place, however, the soil in which the lemon is first planted must be healthy soil that’s been nurtured, tended, literally arranged and organized in order for a fruit or plant to grow from it!

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