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5 Ways the Church Has Changed

Even after we gather in-person again, ministry will be different. And better. Virtual church is here to stay, congregations will grow in new ways, clergy jobs will change. There is lots of room for Good News.  

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The Architecture Always wins

adapting our holiest time to digital space
is stressful, sad, and surprisingly faithful. Congregations find creative ways to worship online.

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Clergy Must be Paid

Not paying clergy for their ministry is hurting the church and those who serve it. Especially as full-time ministry jobs with congregations continue to disappear.  

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Free Range Priests Solve Traditional Church Problems

Faith and Leadership highlights clergy 'faith practitioners' and 'evangelical entrepreneurs' who serve congregations part-time but are full-time in ordained ministry.

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Why I am a 'Father' and why Titles Matter

What do you call a female priest? In the Episcopal Church, I go by 'Father' - the traditional title for ordained clergy in our denomination. There are lots of reasons why.

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Your website is the doorway to your Virtual Church. Is it open? What will people find there?

Are you seeking those who are seeking a deeper relationship with God? Let your congregation shine and welcome in those who are seeking Good News.

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What IS Creative Ministry?

We live in exciting times - virtual church means ordained clergy can reach more people with the Good News that God loves them. Congregations can use church technology to grow in new ways, and full-time ministry can mean multiple types of service, so 'bi-vocational' can be a choice and we can serve full-time in ministry if we want to.

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The Business of Ministry

It can be hard to think of church as 'business', but there are lots of ways that businesses think - who are we reaching?, how we bringing value to others? - that can help clergy and congregations thrive.

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Clergy should get paid for our work. Free Range Priest shows you how, and why

'Tentmaker', 'Non-Stipendiary', and 'Bi-Vocational'

Whatever words we use for it, not getting compensated is not ok. Ministry and money can be a tricky topic - and maybe it should be! - but clergy jobs are crucial for the church to survive.

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See your Creative Ministry in 2020

The Year of Perfect Vision

Here's some resolutions for seeing YOUR Creative Ministry in 2020. Now is the time to consider what your full-time, part-time, or contract ministry could look like, and how you can reach more people with Good News!  

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Jesus Born at the AirBnb

No matter how modern our world, the Christmas story is what we need.  

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'Potluck' Ministry

When everyone brings their gifts of ministry to the table, it is a wonderful theological meal.

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The Basket Story

... a cautionary tale! Our ministry has the value we GIVE it. Getting paid for our work as clergy is crucial.

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'If I Don't Do it, Who Will?'

Over-functioning in ministry leads to burnout. Faith, courage and letting go help us see how the church is growing - and how it isn't.  

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How '2 Sundays a Month' Grows the Church

Part-time clergy ministry is effective, supportive, and sustainable - IF we keep the boundary of serving 2 Sundays a month. It also opens the door to serving full-time with congregations - and beyond - in new ways.

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