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Episode 20: Identity and Place

4/15/2019
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Place matters. In so many ways it matters. Where you observe Holy Week. Where you go home at night. Where you were raised. Where you work and live and play. Each of these places matter, and they give shape to who you are. This week’s episode of Three Minute Ministry Mentor is about place and identity. The day we made this episode was cold and windy and miserable. Hints of spring, yet winter was still having its way. The place was outside in that weather and it shows on my face and...

Duration:00:03:06

Episode 19: Brick Walls

4/8/2019
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What do brick walls, American Idol and ministry have to do with each other? Read on . . . Lately, I’ve been watching American Idol. Now, in truth since my daughter was born, I nearly gave up television altogether. The TV in our living room (only the second one we’ve owned in all our married lives), goes months and months without coming on. The World Series, the Grammy’s, the Emmy’s. A game or two of college ball. That’s pretty much it. But then we found out Walker Burroughs was auditioning...

Duration:00:03:02

Episode 18: Preaching Jesus

4/1/2019
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I felt enthralled and overwhelmed by the sculpture of Mary holding Jesus (pictured above) when I stepped into the foyer at Belle Meade United Methodist Church to film this week’s episode of Three Minute Ministry Mentor. And the name of the sculptor grabbed my attention immediately. Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, is among my favorite poets. Yet it turns out the poet and sculptor are not the same person, but cousins, sometimes mistaken for one another. It took some investigation to...

Duration:00:03:06

Episode 17: Aha Moments

3/31/2019
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So many kinds of moments deserve this word! When conducting interviews with 50 seminarians-on-the-way-to-ministry and 25 seasoned pastors and priests, we asked them all to tell us about and “aha moment” of learning in ministry. The Learning Pastoral Imagination data is thus filled with wonderful, surprising, and profound moments of learning in practice. Rarely did we hear stories of classroom learning. What we heard were stories about Clinical Pastoral Education, internships and field...

Duration:00:02:54

Episode 16: Engaging Ritual

3/31/2019
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This past weekend I took some of my seminary students to the “Beating Guns” tour where Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin led us in a powerful liturgy filled with statistics and singing, rap music and poetry, Scripture, stories, images, and fire. One of the aims of the worship event is to transcend the gun debate in America. One side says, “guns are the problem, and we must reduce the number of weapons,” and the other side says, “humans are the problem, and we just need to change...

Duration:00:03:03

Episode 15: Emotional Intelligence

3/31/2019
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It’s the first Monday of Lent. How are your Lenten practices going? I am hoping and praying for mercy and grace to lead you along the way this season. I have three things to share with you today. First, today’s weekly post is about emotional intelligence. Certainly I have known pastors and ministers who don’t rank very high on their emotional intelligence quotient or EQ. Have you had that experience? In pastors, the effects of lack in emotional intelligence can be missed opportunities,...

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Episode 14: Contemplative Prayer

3/31/2019
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Prayer. What is the connection between the practice of prayer and the practice of ministry? The responses to this question could fill many pages of many books. (My own responses fill many posts in this blog.) The connections we make between prayer and ministry also depend on how we understand each practice. I grew up in a noisy, talkative tradition, where prayer was mostly words and communication with God – in the power of the Spirit and in the name of Jesus. In that same tradition,...

Duration:00:03:04

Episode 13: Stakes of Ministry

3/31/2019
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In this week’s episode of the Three Minute Ministry Mentor, I share a story from my first call in ministry. I have preached about this moment when I missed the point, thinking the call was for someone else. In particular it was an experience when I missed what was at stake when someone called for a pastor. I was looking for someone else, but the phone call came for me. Fortunately that failure to see what was obvious led to other learning when I began to see my mistake. My sermon “Wisdom at...

Duration:00:03:00

Episode 12: Mentoring for Skill

3/18/2019
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Mentoring for pastoral wisdom or imagination is important and complex work. It may look simple on the surface, but handing on the skills and knowledge of ministry takes time, insight and awareness. Remember there is always more than meets the eye in each ministry moment. Perhaps you are wondering: what should I look for when recruiting a mentor? How can I make the most of my potential mentoring relationships? Read more here about these questions. Want to see more episodes of the Three...

Duration:00:02:56

Episode 11: Listening

3/18/2019
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One of my favorite early feminist theologians, Nell Morton, is best known for her idea of “hearing to speech.” She writes about the power of listening deeply and really hearing each other in her book, The Journey is Home. Morton says, “Hearing of this sort is equivalent to empowerment. We empower one another by hearing the other to speech. We empower the disinherited, the outsider, as we are able to hear them name in their own way their own oppression and suffering. In turn, we are...

Duration:00:02:57

Episode 10: Failing Creatively

3/18/2019
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There is so much to learn about the practice of ministry in courses like these, that mis-steps, stumbles and even more overt failure are unavoidable. And although failures large and small are inevitable, does not mean they are the end. In fact they can be the beginning of something very important! This week’s episode of 3MMM turns our attention to how we might fail creatively on the way to learning the complex practice of ministry. The resource I recommend in this week’s episode comes from...

Duration:00:03:06

Episode 9: Ministry as Relational

3/18/2019
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This weekend a dear person in my life died unexpectedly. Louise and I have been part of the same faith community for 18 years. She was a member of that community for decades before I arrived. Lou and I shared many different seasons in our relationship, and we had more connecting points that I can count. I’m sharing this loss with you today, not because I want to eulogize Lou. Our faith community will do that beautifully in the days and weeks ahead. And I am capturing my own memories as they...

Duration:00:03:10

Episode 8: Equity in Ministry

3/18/2019
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To be a church leader in our time requires not only a clear calling but also courage. If you hope and desire that your faith community will be part of the change for justice and equality rather than one of the obstacles to it, then you need knowledge, commitment and willingness to to risk something big for the sake of something better for all people. No simple path to change is available. The complexity of how the systems of inequality are maintained is a part of their power. Their...

Duration:00:02:54

Episode 7: Ministry as Embodied

3/18/2019
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All this talk of thinking, reflecting and asking questions… yet the practice of ministry is so much more than thinking and talking. It is an embodied, relational, and spiritual practice. So this week’s podcast presents a story that begins with ministry to a new family with an infant and stretches out into all the ways ministry is embodied. #3MMM

Duration:00:03:11

Episode 6: Supporting Peers

3/18/2019
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This week’s episode of the Three Minute Ministry Mentor is about you connecting with your friends as a support for your practice of ministry. Doing ministry is really not solo work, as we already considered in Episode 4: Collaboration. Finding friends who are also living into a call to ministry can be life-giving to you and to them. 3MMM wants to add support to your peer relationships by helping you to jump start your conversations! That is one of the main reasons I launched this series.

Duration:00:02:42

Episode 5: Being There

3/18/2019
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The Three Minute Ministry Mentor is the fruit of many years of study, research and writing, but it is also the fruit of this year’s choice to own my deeply resonating purpose. This week’s Episode of #3MMM is about “being there.” This is the essential idea for ministry that we bring ourselves fully into the lives of those we serve. Showing up, being there, is so important especially when those in our care need most to know the presence of the holy.

Duration:00:03:08

Episode 4: Collaboration

3/18/2019
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God’s collaboration with creation and especially with humanity, however, can go amiss. And in ministry we know it oh so well… when we start planning special holy-day services, depend on people for a great variety of tasks, or gather with families in crisis and grief. Then collaboration can seem anything but obvious. Missed communications, misunderstood meanings, a plethora of differing expectations can fill the air, making ministry seem nearly impossible. Yet when human collaborations are...

Duration:00:03:00

Episode 3: Self Reflection

3/18/2019
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I remember early in the planning stages of the Learning Pastoral Imagination (LPI) Project that Chris Scharen and I had several thoughtful conversations about whether or not self-reflection was essential for a robust pastoral imagination. My training in pastoral theology, care, and counseling, had me pretty convinced that it was a crucial, it not universal, component of pastoral practice.

Duration:00:02:59

Episode 2: Seeing Holy Depths

3/18/2019
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This week in Episode 2 of the Three Minute Ministry Mentor, you are invited to think about the holy depths of ministry. No matter where you are engaged in ministry — from leading protests to leading Holiday Blues services, from distributing diapers to preaching about peace, hope, love and joy — attention to the holy depths of the moment is a part of the practice of ministry. Learning to attend and speak to the sacredness of a moment is one of the postures of ministry that takes persistent...

Duration:00:03:03

Episode 1: Ministry as a Practice

3/18/2019
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Ministry itself, like most professions and complex practices, is dogged and driven by a rush to achieve. Yet to learn a multifaceted professional and spiritual practice such as ministry takes time, preparation, and experience. The first episode of #3MMM helps us get started thinking about ministry as a practice.

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