If I were to guess, I’d say that Rev. Elle Dowd is an expression of the spiritual gift of apostleship. She was doing online ministry (before it was cool) years ago as a way of reaching out to the disaffected and traumatized. Her experience makes her the perfect guest for this podcast; I only hope I’m a good interviewer!
My guest is Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol, pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. This is a follow-up conversation after we spoke a couple of months ago. Donna is a transformational leader in the United Methodist Church, and it seemed appropriate to check in during this time of remarkable transformation.
I’m not a big fan of doing difficult things. If I have to, I usually can, but I like to know how long I’ll have to do them.
Today’s election day, and no matter how it turns out, we know that one thing will persist: uncertainty. What role does faith have in this time of uncertainty?
Here’s the thing: pastoral leadership is all about saying what needs to be said. Of course, diplomacy and compassion must surround any conversation, but being a pastor in a congregation means interpreting faith with clarity and truth. Most of us who have led faith communities know of at least a handful of times when we did not feel the freedom to speak, and this is more true today than at any other time in memory.
Burnout is the other pandemic that’s taking over the lives of pastors we know. Are you taking care of yourself?Barb Klein of Inspired Possibility joins Rev. Annette Flynn and me to discuss the simple ways of taking care of oneself. Far from being self…
As All Saints Day approaches, what’s the most important thing to consider as you plan your services?