Congregational Life

The responsibilities and expectations of ministers can be vast. In all congregations, the minister(s) must be preacher, pastor, prophet, and spiritual guide to the community. In larger and more complex institutions, the minister is often expected to serve as the chief executive officer, supervising staff, raising and allocating funds, overseeing the physical plant and creating ministry programs. In all congregations, the minister is expected to develop meaningful worship services, rich religious education programs for all ages, and avenues for social justice work. In addition to these more tangible tasks, the minister is expected to foster – if not build – community. People come to church seeking intimacy and ultimacy – human and holy connections – and the minister is responsible for creating an environment in which these connections can be made.

On my “Philosophy of Ministry” page, you will find a quote from my late colleague Rev. Gordon “Bucky” McKeeman: “Ministry is what we all do . . . together.” A minister might be responsible for everything in a congregation, but s/he cannot do it all him/herself. The “life of the congregation” belongs to the people and the minister leads, shows, accompanies, and encourages them along the way.

A wide variety of subjects can be gathered under the broad heading of “congregational life.” Linked to this page are just a few; religious education, rites of passage, pastoral care, and denominational affairs. I hope that this helps you to better understand me as a man and minister in community.