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  • A farewell

    Nov 18, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | As the Pastoral Excellence Network concludes its work after almost four years, we have sometimes found ourselves using the expression “PEN is closing its doors.” As I’ve reflected on that phrase, I realized that it somehow doesn’t quite fit with my experience.

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  • Transitions

    Nov 18, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Willie Sordillo | You who are ministers, whether serving in a local church setting, a denominational body, chaplaincy, the seminary or another related institution, are by necessity masters of negotiating transitions. The Pastoral Excellence Network, too, has been attuned to transitions, and now it is time for our own.

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  • Embracing the in-between

    Nov 04, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | It’s unavoidable. In almost every conversation and every observation of the religious world today—it is present. We’d rather skip over it, rush through it, get over it but it is there. We are in a time of the “in-between”—the discomforting, uncertain period between what has been and what has yet to emerge.

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  • Beyond “them” and “us” in the church: The power of dialogue

    Oct 04, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Robert R. Stains, Jr. | When people have a political view different from mine, I take comfort in the fact that they are at least misinformed, probably of limited intellect, and possibly just plain evil. They become a “them,” certainly not like me. And there’s the problem: I think I know. I don’t take the time to ask, to risk an encounter.

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  • Clergy spouses gathering 2015

    May 04, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Joyce Thomas | In April 2015, I consulted with a group of pastors’ spouses about the role of clergy spouses and how Christian Theological Seminary could support them in their own ministries. While a growing number of men are now taking on the role of pastor’s spouses, this particular group was comprised solely of women. My goal was to talk about what personal needs were not getting met for these clergy spouses, considering they were spending so much time taking care of others.

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