Ask the Matriarch: Grumbling about the Part-Time Pastor

The number of part-time pastors and bi-vocational pastors is on the rise. This week’s question is from a RevGal who is leading her congregation as they make that shift. Hear her challenges: Dear Matriarchs, I serve as the congregation’s first part-time pastor because — you guessed it — the congregation can no longer afford a… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Clergy Colleagues

This week’s question is from a Rev who has found online support for her ministry in the RevGalBlogPal community. Now, she is looking forward to relating to come colleagues in real life. Dear Matriarchs, In the first years of my ministry, I served a rural congregation with no nearby clergy colleagues. The RevGalBlogPals online community… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: The Pastor in a Civic Role

This week’s question is about civic involvement as part of the pastoral role. Dear Matriarchs~~ I have some questions about taking part in civic or community activities as part of one’s ministry.  Do you consider it part of your call to work at the local apple festival (or whatever)?  Do you get involved in local service… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Telling My Congregation about a Health Crisis

Our question this week comes from a Rev whose health crisis brings her face-to-face with three things that we pastors would rather avoid in our congregations: taking time off to care for our health, revealing intimate details about our personal lives, and opening ourselves up to well-meaning comments and advice from parishioners. Today, our Matriarchs offer… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Putting Earth Day on Our Plate

Sometime after the beginning of Lent 2016 — it was precisely February 21, 2016 — a banner ad caught my attention with this invitation: Go Vegan For Lent That word “vegan” scared me. “Vegan” sounded extreme — strict — restrictive. I clicked through anyway. The pastor in me wondered what vegan had to do with… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: The Single Pastor and Her New Relationship

Today’s question is born of a happy turn of events in the life of a RevGal. She has some questions about how her personal life might will affect her congregation. Dear Matriarchs I came to my current parish a few years ago as a single woman without any “significant other” or romantic relationship. Recently, I… Read More

Ask The Matriarch: To Confront or Not to Confront?

Our Matriarch inbox brought us an interesting scenario from a Rev who has found out something through the grapevine that left her feeling angry and betrayed. Here’s her story: Dear Matriarchs, Our tiny church recently had our big annual supper which is attended by many community members who are not members of our church. The… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Strategies for the Diverse Congregation

This week’s question is from a pastor who is looking for ways to respect diversity in her congregation: Dear Matriarchs, Our small congregation is becoming more and more diverse (hooray!). Diverse in different ways–racial background, sexual orientation, educational level, socieconomic status. My question is: how do we live into this diversity in faithful ways which… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: A Church Visitor With All the Answers

Isn’t congregational ministry the most fascinating bag of mixed blessings? This week’s question is about the joys and challenges of an energetic new friend who comes to church: Dear Matriarchs, I serve a small congregation, and we are desperate to grow. We’ve done some outreach, and we have a regular visitor, from exactly the demographics we… Read More