From time to time I want to reward you the subscriber. So I'm giving away a copy of Derek Cooper's So You're Thinking about Going to Seminary: An Insider's Guide One of you is going to win this book, instructions on how to enter will be at the end of this email.
It isn't going to happen.
That scenario where a perfect church plucks you from obscurity and hires you for your dream job. We all have played that scenario out and pined as we watched peers live it out. Stop waiting because it isn't going to happen.
We wait on someone to give us permission. It isn't coming.
It may have worked that way before, but it definitely doesn't happen that way anymore.
As you sit and wait/whine/pout/compare you are missing the opportunity to take another step in your calling.
See your calling is never fully developed. This development does not depend on your job title or experience. Nor is this development outsourced to others. You are stuck with it.
So stop waiting and start owning your calling.
There has never been a better time in history for us to grow as pastors and leaders. The work of the Holy Spirit is the constant source that we all need. The community of mentors and co-conspirators has always been the variable. When has there ever been a better time than now in our hyper connected world to develop a community. All that is standing in the way is you.
Your willingness to step out is the issue. You will need humility and patience and a willingness to truly serve the community, but the opportunity is right there.
So stop waiting and start doing.
What You Might Have Missed
Finding a Church Job: Part Time Pay, Full Time Hours
Part 10 of the series on Finding a Church Job. In this installment I share some of my story of going down this hard path.
I Now Pronounce You
This is my pragmatic response to the same sex marriage debate. Been getting some strong feedback about not taking a clear side in this whole mess. What I try to give is what is underneath this whole issue, for me at least.
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Win a Copy of So You're Thinking about Going to Seminary: An Insider's Guide
Real simple: reply to this email and tell me how it would further your development to get some more education.
The best response over the next week will get the book in the mail. I'll even throw in a Rookie Pastor sticker :)