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Shaping the words — 5 Comments

  1. Hear! Hear! Ian you are the first clergy person I EVER heard speak this way. Most are SO busy telling you how busy they are. Ok, it is not an easy life but you go into it knowing what is involved.

    Something that bugged me for years here in Northern Ireland was that as soon as the young Ordinands appeared (just in time for the high tensions leading the 12th of July) all the seasoned and senior men who held sway in communities had decamped to France for a month. Hopefully they spread their holidays through the year like the rest of us have to.

  2. Grannymar,

    I think there developed a culture of self-justification – unless you were complaining about how busy you were, there was an assumption that you weren’t working as hard as you should be.

    I agree about the disappearing clerics!

  3. I totally agree with you Ian. Yes there is busyness, stress, challenge in ministry but it is a great privledge to do what we do. It’s that sense of vocation, God’s call on our lives that keeps us sustained and going. I hope it never becomes just another ‘career’ option. That’s why I love good clergy blogs that show the busyness yes, but more importantly reflects the deep sincere commitment shown by many men and women. I also agree that we as clergy need to talk and share with others, the problem can be that there seems to be perceived weakness in honest sharing. Personally I know I’m better when I have a good open clergy network around me and poorer when I disconnect or have no opportunity to share with others.

  4. Hi Craig,

    Aren’t you on holiday?

    I ran into stress in my last parish, because I bought into a ‘managerial’ agenda, trying to run the parish as some sort of CEO instead as a pastor and friend. I think last Sunday’s Scripture from 2nd Corinthians about God’s power being made perfect in weakness is vital. Accepting my own failings is the first step in coping with stuff.

  5. Thanks Ian. I have the great blessing in this Diocese of a network of mentors and pastoral support. It is easily accesible and readily available and has taken away the loneliness and stress of being in a parish on your own with no one to turn to. It means that someone has the “right” to ask you how things are going.
    Parish ministry is a wonderful vocation and a great privilege. If we work too hard and don’t take care of our own needs then we will be stressed. We are weak – none of us has it all sorted – yet – in God’s strength we are able to do what God asks us to do – not necessarily what we, or other people, think we should do!

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