In a spirit of partnership, The Congregational Life and Re-Development Team of the Diocese of Pennsylvania is facilitating an initial gathering of clergy that serve in middle-sized churches. This provides an opportunity for conversations about shared experiences, challenges, opportunities, and ministries. Often referred to as “pastoral” and “transitional” sized churches, the leaders of these middle-sized congregations may feel that they are at a never-ending “hinge point” of ministry because the needs of the congregation continually stress the capacity of staff, volunteers, and budgets, yet the creative energy and growth of the congregation must be addressed and expanded. These churches serve multiple generations that enjoy the relational dynamics of the congregation, yet each cohort has unique formational, pastoral, and ministerial needs. Church leadership needs to be both relational and programmatic. And, yet, few churches can afford a full-time clergy associate; most often, they rely on one priest and several part-time staff to meet the full-time needs of the congregation. It is ministry that requires energy, creativity, healthy boundaries, and optimism.
We invite clergy who serve middle-sized churches to join together for conversation and sharing. Our hope is that new friendships will blossom, creative ideas will be shared, common challenges will be identified, and the Bishop and his staff will learn new ways to encourage, support, and minister to the clergy and leaders of these churches.
Questions? Please contact the Rev. Kathryn Andonian, Church of the Holy Spirit (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Rev. Emily Richards, St. Peter’s, Glenside (email@example.com) or the Rev. Rodger Broadley, St. Luke and the Epiphany, Philadelphia (firstname.lastname@example.org) . Also, please RSVP to the Rev. Emily Richards (215-887-1765) so that we may order adequate food for lunch!