It's Christmas Eve, and I'm a parish pastor. AMA!
Today (or tomorrow) is the day for everyone’s annual pilgrimage to church, and I’ll be at my computer for the next few hours polishing up my Christmas Eve and Christmas Day sermons with the Celtic-Hamilton match on, and, of course, hosting my third annual Christmas Eve AMA.
I’m the pastor of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation in the United States. I’ve been in parish ministry for seven years now—two as a part-time associate while I was in seminary, and five as the full-time senior pastor of my current congregation. Ask me anything about Christmas, Christianity, ministry, Scripture, the velocity of a coconut-laden swallow, whatever…go for it.
Disclaimer: I may have to alter details to certain answers in order to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of my congregants. I also do not speak in any sort of representative or official capacity for my denomination,which you can read about at disciples.org, or my governing region.
Edit: Additional proof: http://imgur.com/bWD0SGU
Edit: Thank you so kindly for the gold, dear redditor!
Edit 2: RIP my inbox. I'm doing my best to get to everyone, but please be patient with me--I'm multitasking today after all!
Edit 3: So that's a wrap--the show has to go on in a couple of hours! I know there are a bunch of you with questions I didn't get around to answering--I'm very sorry! This was a very overwhelming (in a good way!) response. Merry Christmas, y'all!