Wits-Ends-Day: Early Warning Signs

Many seminaries and denominations require some level of psychological testing and evaluation for people who want to become pastors. I’m on board with the concept—the last thing we want is a bunch of narcissists in charge of churches. But I do question the effectiveness of some of these evaluations. The two things I remember from… Read More

Wits’ Ends Day: A Notable Pastor Evaluation

  First United Church of Nazareth Pastoral Evaluation Report from Pastor/Congregation Relations Committee (PCRC)   Over the past three weeks, the PCRC has asked congregation members to submit pastoral evaluations as we seek to provide accountability to our pastor and strengthen our congregation’s ministry in the community. We appreciate all who took the time to… Read More

Wits’ Ends Day: Vacation Tips for the Pastor

Summer vacation season is almost upon us. And we all know that vacations can be stress-producing, anxiety-triggering, money-sucking, energy-draining, exercises in “it seemed like a good idea at the time.” BUT, they can also be wonderful, life-giving, revelations. Here are some helpful vacation tips especially designed for pastors who need time away: Establish a “no… Read More

Wits’ Ends Day: Happy (Ash) Valentine’s (Wednes)Day

Hallmark may not be taking advantage of this unique opportunity, but I thought somebody should create a few cards to mark the confluence of Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Sending all my love and penitent thoughts to you lovely clergywomen on this day of hearts and ashes.   If you’ve ever struggled with the logistics of… Read More