Ministry in a Pandemic: Resource Roundup (2020-03-31)

Note from David Roseberry: There are so many leaders, churches, and ministries that are facing the challenge of our day with passion, purpose, and creativity. The bad news is that this pandemic is upon us all.  The good news is that leaders are working in their own context to strengthen gospel ministry. It is impressive to see! Read this post [...]

By |2020-04-27T16:40:48-05:00March 31st, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ministry in a Pandemic: Resource Roundup (2020-03-26)

The Evergreen Project, led by Canon David Roseberry, is broadening its scope. Our job has been Creating, Collecting, and Curating Resources for a Thriving Church. In the midst of the current pandemic, and at the invitation of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America, we want to help our parishes thrive specifically in the midst of this challenging, [...]

How to Develop Sacred Space through Online Streaming

Most of us are trying to get our feet under us as we figure out how to hold services online during this time. There’s no shortage of advice on what programs to use and what equipment you need. But in the midst of this scramble for information, we must take a moment to consider what we hope to create in [...]

By |2020-03-25T07:53:04-05:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |3 Comments

Stewardship in an Age of Coronavirus

My role as curator and guide for The Evergreen Project compels me to write a few thoughts and ideas for the benefit of all of our leaders in the Anglican Church in North America. Whether or not these ideas and suggestions, and the thinking behind them, make their way beyond our newly formed denomination, I cannot tell. But my perceived [...]

By |2020-03-24T20:17:56-05:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: |1 Comment

Read “The Rector and the Vestry,” A Guide for Rectors, Wardens, and Vestry Members

It took about three months to finish this one phone call. When I was done, I had a book called The Rector and the Vestry. It is now available on Amazon. In November of 2019, I was speaking with a friend and colleague in ministry. He is the Rector of a small but growing church that he planted about seven [...]

By |2020-03-24T20:43:16-05:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

Your Church and Coronavirus: Ten Suggestions (UPDATED)

It is upon us. Both the COVID-19 coronavirus and the fear of it have descended upon the world—and upon our nation. The unprecedented decisions to limit travel into the United States will send shock waves all over the globe. At the time of this writing, tens of thousands of people are symptomatic and several thousand have died. It is a [...]

By |2020-03-12T11:32:51-05:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |2 Comments

Mature vs. Beginner Benedicting: How to Give a Blessing the Right (Not Just Rite) Way

The assembly looked shocked the first time I gave the benediction. Now, I grew up in a "middle-of-the-candle" tradition. If you can imagine Goldilocks coming to our house of worship, I would imagine her saying, “It's not too high. And It's not too low.” The churchmanship or style of worship, that is. We thought it was “just right.” Pastors wore [...]

By |2020-03-09T10:33:48-05:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

A Vision for 2020 (Our Anglican Future, Pt. 1)

Over the last few decades, everyone has been aiming at 2020. So many churches and organizations looking to clarify their goals and objectives set a 2020 (20/20) Vision. Organizations set goals to plant a certain number of churches by 2020 or raise up a certain number of leaders. Individual churches looked ahead to 2020 as the year by which they [...]

By |2020-03-08T20:08:01-05:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: |0 Comments

REVISED: Coronavirus and Your Church: 10 Suggestions

It is upon us. Both the COVID-19 coronavirus and the fear of it have descended upon the world—and soon upon our nation. The unprecedented decisions to limit travel into the United States will send shock waves all over the globe. At the time of this writing, tens of thousands of people are symptomatic and several thousand have died. It is [...]

By |2020-03-12T06:15:51-05:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |2 Comments

Missional Leadership for the Ordinary Pastor: 3 Simple Steps

Missional leadership is not as mysterious or difficult as you might think. It is simply embodying the work of a missionary in your context—and teaching others to do the same. As the body of Christ, the Church is bearer of Divine blessing, and sign, foretaste and instrument of the Kingdom. Missional leadership articulates the vision and shapes the values that [...]

By |2020-02-17T09:40:57-06:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments

Readings for Pastors on Race in America

Serving in Christian ministry in America requires a knowledge of the racial history and current reality of our context. We need to understand how people are affected by our racial history and present struggles, especially through the African American experience. I’ve found the following books to be helpful to me for understanding perspectives on race and society. There are many [...]

By |2020-02-03T21:44:21-06:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , |4 Comments

How to Teach Like an Anglican: Developing a Distinctly Anglican Pedagogy

I suspect we can all readily articulate what it means to worship like an Anglican, to pray like an Anglican, and to read the Bible like an Anglican. But how much have we thought about what it might look like to teach like an Anglican? Conversations about the teaching ministry of the church tend to focus on the content of [...]

By |2020-01-27T11:17:43-06:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity, by Scot McKnight (Review)

What is the job of a pastor? Ask that question to a dozen pastors, and you will get a dozen answers. Ask that question to the hundreds of congregants those dozen pastors serve, and you will get even more answers. With so many varying definitions and sets of expectations, those of us in pastoral roles need a solid pastoral theology—a [...]

By |2020-01-22T12:02:04-06:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

When Giving Keeps on Giving! Generosity Can Make a Difference for Decades

I met Herb at breakfast in 1992. He and I were newly elected members of a national board and met for the first time the day before. At breakfast the next morning, I walked right by Herb carrying my plate filled with bacon, eggs, and my morning coffee. “David, join me!” Herb called out to me as I walked by [...]

By |2020-01-12T12:20:37-06:00January 12th, 2020|Categories: Generosity, Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Here’s How to Plant a Church as an Introvert

You can do this. It’s amazing to plant new churches, and Anglicans actively seek more of it. “But”—you might say—“I’m an introvert.” Me too. And I want to think with you about being an introvert and a church planter, with help from a few others who are like us. Whether you’re a pastor or a lay leader, please take a [...]

By |2020-01-02T13:33:51-06:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , |4 Comments

Let John Chrysostom Preach His Nativity Sermon the Sunday after Christmas

Several years ago, I served as the Assistant Rector at a large Anglican Church. This meant, of course, that I had the wonderful opportunity of preaching cultural holiday weekends when attendance would be predictably low ... i.e. Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, etc. One of the key weekends that I always got to preach was the First Sunday of [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:55-06:00December 13th, 2019|Categories: Church Year, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Ministry at Work: Meet Greg McBrayer, the Anglican Priest at the Heart of American Airlines

Perhaps our vision for "bi-vocational ministry" is far too small. That's what Fr. Greg McBrayer has me thinking. An Anglican priest and Chief Flight Dispatcher, he shows up to work at the world's largest airline in a clerical collar. Our own David Roseberry took the opportunity to interview Greg McBrayer on-site at the American Airlines Integrated Operations Center (IOC). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGGIE8VnIMs [...]

By |2019-12-02T19:55:44-06:00December 1st, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , |0 Comments

End The Year Strong! Resources to Help Your Church

I do not remember exactly what I was saying on Saturday when the picture above was taken, but I was clearly animated! (Please no caption contests!) In any event, I had a great time speaking at the Anglican Diocese of the South Mission Matters 2019 Conference and Synod this past weekend. I spoke with numerous Rectors who are using The [...]

By |2019-11-13T14:40:09-06:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Are We Missing? Ministry and Moral Failure

I know of a very talented ordained priest and colleague of mine who left his ministry; he was removed from the ordained ministry altogether. His bishop removed him. There was something he did to which he confessed, and he is no longer a priest. I do not know the details. I don't need to know. My heart breaks for him, [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:58-06:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Opinion, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |3 Comments

Rectors, Can You Land These Planes?

I live on the flight path for DFW. The planes are a few miles above my home as they make their final approach and landing. Sometimes, at dusk, on a cool fall evening, when the mist is gone and the fading sunset is just right, I can see up to seven planes at once. The sun has set for me, [...]

By |2019-12-02T17:46:51-06:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

Paying the Pastor: How to Figure Out Compensation for Clergy

As the Evergreen Project continues to create, collect, and curate the best resources for a thriving church, the issue of clergy compensation is unavoidable. About a year ago, I wrote an article about this topic as part of a series on Awkward Church Questions. Who should have access to the giving records? How much should we pay the pastor? Should [...]

By |2019-10-24T10:22:11-05:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pledge Cards, pt. 2: Additional Factors to Consider

As the Evergreen Project continues to create, collect, and curate the best resources for a thriving church, the issue of pledge cards comes quickly to the front of the line. Recently, we addressed the base level question of whether congregations should use an annual pledge card system as a best practice for regular giving. We looked at some of the [...]

By |2020-05-22T14:25:21-05:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: |0 Comments

Not “Just” a Deacon

Handshakes and metal plates I grew up around deacons. In my Southern Baptist upbringing, deacons were most commonly observed at the doors of the church offering handshakes and smiles. Otherwise, they were found in their other natural habitat: at the end of a pew passing or taking a metal plate. Often, this was an offertory plate, but on special occasions, [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:00-06:00October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors, Opinion, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |8 Comments

Pledge Cards: To Have or To Hold

This post is part of an ongoing conversation about generosity and stewardship in conjunction with The Evergreen Project's fall campaign, "The Joy of Giving Up." As the Evergreen Project continues to create, collect, and curate the best resources for a thriving church, the issue of pledge cards comes quickly to the front of the line. Should a congregation of faithful [...]

By |2019-09-30T17:57:03-05:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , |0 Comments