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

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

Ask the Matriarch: On-going Care in our Congregations

Are you making congregational plans for 2018? Today’s question comes from a pastor who wonders about a particular kind of planning for congregational life: Dear Matriarchs: Do any of you have a standard pastoral care plan or practice you use for grieving families or others going through a situation with ongoing pastoral needs? We have… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: What is Your Question?

Seasons greetings, one and all! Our Matriarchs are taking a well-deserved break during this holiday week. The question today, therefore, comes to you, dear readers. As we enter a new year of ministry: What tough question would you like us to consider? What ministry topic can we start a conversation around? What do you anticipate… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Influx of New Members from Another Congregation

This week’s question is about healthy assimilation of an influx of new members. The back-story of some of the new members presents a challenge. Perhaps there are several challenges. Read on: Dear Matriarchs:  Our church is the midst of unexpected and glorious growth. Attendance up 20% and giving up in equal proportion. Some of this… Read More