November 18, 2017

Case Study: What’s a Parishioner to Do?

Today, I present a case study for your discussion. Here is the situation: You are a member of a small to medium-sized mainline Protestant church, and have been active and involved, particularly in one certain ministry of the congregation. That ministry and its leader (who has led it for many years as a part-time paid […]

Thoughts on Church Discipline and Relational Wisdom

I haven’t been able to get this “church discipline” discussion off my mind. First of all, thank you to all of you who have made this a vibrant and thoughtful conversation. As I said in my original post, I am agreement with most of you that the disciplinary process as described was inappropriate at best. […]

Case Study: A Pastoral Conversation

By Chaplain Mike Occasionally, I would like for us to consider case studies, so that we can discuss actual life situations rather than just theological ideas or religious issues. As iMonk readers know, I am deeply concerned about the state of pastoral ministry (especially pastoral care) in our churches. Today’s study is a snapshot from […]