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The Last Pastor 
Faithfully Steering a Closing Church
By Gail Cafferata
Gail Cafferata was heartbroken when the church she pastored voted to close its doors. It may have been the right decision, but it led to a million questions in her mind about her call, leadership, and future. She began to think that other pastors who...
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Loving and Leaving a Church 
A Pastor's Journey
By Barbara Melosh
Barbara Melosh’s story was a common one. A second-career seminarian, she arrived at her first pastorate brimming with enthusiasm and high hopes. The blue-collar congregation to which she’d been called had a glorious past but an uncertain future. Cert...
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Neighborhood Church 
Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission
By Rob Mueller, Krin Van Tatenhove
How can we embody the values of love, grace, and justice? As faith communities, how can our collective embodiment of these values shine even brighter? The answers to these questions must always unfold right here, right now, exactly where God has plan...
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Part-Time Is Plenty 
Thriving without Full-Time Clergy
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald
Churches experiencing numerical and financial decline may dread the day when they can no longer afford a full-time pastor. Freeing up funds that would go to a full-time salary sure would help the budget—maybe even enough to turn things around—but is ...
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The Purpose Gap 
Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive
By Patrick B. Reyes
In The Purpose Gap, Patrick Reyes reflects on a family member’s death after a long struggle with incarceration and homelessness. As he asks himself why his cousin's life had turned out so differently from his own, he realizes that it was a matter of ...
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Surrendering My Ordination 
Standing Up for Gay and Lesbian Inclusivity in The United Methodist Church
By J. Philip Wogaman
In May 2017, after sixty years as an ordained United Methodist minister, Rev. J. Philip Wogaman surrendered his ordination, choosing to exit a community of clergy who will not allow an openly gay person to join. By surrendering his ordination, he cho...
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Together at the Table 
Diversity without Division in The United Methodist Church
By Karen P. Oliveto
Together at the Table is the personal story and public message of Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Her election was and is controversial, with opponents seeking to have her rem...
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Wounded Pastors 
Navigating Burnout, Finding Healing, and Discerning the Future of Your Ministry
By James Fenimore, Carol Howard
You’re not alone in your ministry. And you don’t have to suffer in silence.Ministry is a stressful vocation, with unspoken expectations, projected anxieties, and conflicting demands. After the pandemic caused a sudden shift to online worship and fact...
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