Ask the Matriarch: What About Family Leave?

Asking for what we need in a pastor call agreement is difficult. Even more difficult might be anticipating what might be needed and figuring out what is reasonable. The question today is about asking for family leave — including maternity leave/parental leave.  Dear Matriarchs: I have just graduated from seminary and am seeking a call… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Helping Children Move when the Pastor is Called Away

This question comes from one of our RevGal colleagues who is feeling overwhelmed by what it means for her family when God’s call means big changes:  Dear Matriarchs: Could I get some advice from other mama pastors? I have been seeking a new call and doing some interviews in some distant places. Now one of… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Toward More Robust Congregational Singing

This week’s question comes from a small church pastor. Can those of us who have enjoyed serving small congregations relate to this challenge? Dear Matriarchs, I am a few months into a new call to another small congregation. They are delightful and I am happy to say that we are getting off to a great… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: That Dog, Those Cows, and the Elephant in the Room

About that dog: A dog died on a plane earlier this month.   My Facebook and Twitter blew up with the story of the 10-month-old French bulldog who died on a United Airlines plane after the flight attendant required the animal to be placed in the overhead bin during the flight. A “shaken” passenger began… Read More

Ask The Matriarch: Some of our Beloved Books

This week’s question is about something we all know too well, but can never get enough of: Books! What’s on our bookshelves? you may wonder. Well, so did this RevGal: Dear Matriarchs, I have just returned from the RevGalBlogPals Big Event (B.E.11) in Dallas. In the course of her presentation, Enneagram master teacher Suzanne Stabile… Read More