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Greetings to our Colleagues in Ministry!
Annual Gathering, under Atlanta's Big Tent was
another great event, thanks to all who joined us!
The PPCN Board is developing plans for
the 11th Annual Gathering to be held in late
October, 2010. If you share your ideas with
us, by January 2010, the PPCN Board can
include your feedback, along with the evaluations we
have, as we listen and clarify God's future for
We invite you to visit the PC(USA) News Service -
Pastoral Music, June 2009, submitted by John Sniffen,
concerning the CD A Deep Well, which PPCN Board Member
Steve McCutchan and musician david m bailey produced.
One of the big tent bonuses was an introductory
release of a PPCN Toolbox of Pastoral Care resources.
Everyone there took home a free copy to share with
their presbytery. Updated and Revised Best
Practices and Toolboxes will be available at the
11th Annual Conference. Thanks for the shared
resources you brought which are always
appreciated by new and seasoned pastoral care network
members!!! It is always fun to welcome newcomers
to our Conferences. We encourage you to email a
board member, if you'd like follow-up consultation in
your personal ministry-setting or presbytery before
the next Conference.
We're honored to be journeying with you in this
exceptional time when exceptional pastoral care is so
critical for Healthy Ministry!
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Here is one reply to the Article "Caring
Enough to Offend," published in an
read your article Caring Enough to Offend
and the situation you describe is not uncommon.
I have been a pastor for nearly 30 years, having
served the last 19 in the same parish.
Pastoral ministry is a machine with a lot of moving
parts that are capable of offending the parishioners.
You mentioned the Gospel as one cause, but I doubt
that most of the conflict between parishioners and
pastors has anything to do with theological
Sometimes, pastors are offensive. We are
fallible human beings and we mess up. We
neglected the hospital visit we know we should have
made. In those cases, pastors should own their
mistakes. In other cases, pastors are
dangerously dumb. In one instance, a pastor
didn't like the proposed slate of church officers that
the nominating committee had proposed so he had his
wife stand up in the congregational meeting and make
nominations from the floor. Pastors sometimes
are their own enemies.
Sometimes, the pastor is the easiest person to blame
when parishioners feel disenfranchised by their
church. Someone opposed to the addition of large
debt to pay for a new building program may turn their
anger at having been out voted by the congregation
toward the pastor.
Sometimes, people who have little or no control over
other aspects of their lives (jobs, economy, etc) feel
that they have control and influence in the life of
their church. They can be angry as new members take
leadership positions and move them into the
The possibilities are endless. If anger toward
the pastor is warranted, we should acknowledge our
faults and try to make amends. If the anger is
unwarranted, we look for the underlying cause and
address those if we can.
often than not, however, the anger is idiopathic, we
may never determine the cause. I do believe that
there is an intelligent, evil force at work in our
world that seeks to destroy life. It is not a battle
against flesh and blood (individual people) but
against powers and principalities that seek to rob us
from the ability to live together in harmony. The best
weapon that I have found against this enemy is a love
for and commitment to the church. That love and
commitment should, and often does, allow us to live,
work, and even play together in spite of our