I have been a member of RevGalBlogPals almost since the beginning. From a couple dozen friends reading each other’s blogs, through a centralised website where we shared ideas, to conferences and other continuing education events, to a facebook group of over 5,000…RGBP has been a crucial part of my life for my whole ministry. At my very first Big Event I said this was my Found Family, and that is still true nearly ten years later.
When we first began to think of RGBP as an organisation that required funding, I instantly went to my online banking and set up a monthly donation. I can’t imagine my life without RevGals, and the ministry we do—reaching such a large swath of people across denominations, countries, experience levels, types of ministry—is incredible with the tiny budget and 1/4 time staff member. Board members and Admins give of their time and energy, writers give of their talent, and our Executive Director works way more than 10 hours a week helping us reach our current goals and dream even bigger dreams. It’s a small token for me to give a monthly donation, but it matters a great deal.
I’m in a season of my life and ministry where I’ve had to curtail all my giving and many of my other usual expenditures. As I’m transitioning to a new country and (soon!) a new call, I’ve had several months where my bank balance has sat in the single digits for the last week before payday, even with cutting back significantly—a necessary trade-off for the big change I made this year. That won’t be true much longer, though, and I am looking forward to the day I can reinstate my monthly gift to RGBP, because there is literally no other organisation that does more to support me and my colleagues in this strange and beautiful calling.
It is no exaggeration to say that I think RevGalBlogPals has changed the Church for the better. It’s worthy of our gifts, and it’ll be at the top of my list to return to regular giving when my first “real” paycheck comes in a few months time.
Please consider making a gift By clicking here, whether it’s a year-end gift or a recurring monthly gift, so we can continue to do this ministry together…and maybe even work toward some of our big dreams. Thanks!
The Rev. Teri Peterson is a minister in Scotland, on the verge of a “permanent” call. She lives by the sea with her two cats, thanks to the generosity of many people. She still blogs at CleverTitleHere, and is co-author of a book that makes a great Christmas present: Who’s Got Time: Spirituality for a Busy Generation, and a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.
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