It's Christmas Eve, and I'm a parish pastor. AMA!
Merry Christmas Eve, all y’all! It’s time for the decking of halls, a weekly/monthly/annual trip to church, and my annual AMA thread here on reddit!
I’ve been in parish ministry for a decade now—nearly seven years as a full-time solo pastor and a combined three years in two different intentionally temporary positions—and I am currently in my denomination’s search and call process for a new pastorate as I anticipate that the congregation I currently serve on an interim basis will find a permanent associate pastor sometime in 2020.
So…ask me almost anything (usual disclaimers to follow), whether it’s about Christmas, Christianity, the Bible, the church, how much wood a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood…whatever it is, go for it. I won’t answer a question in a way that would require any betrayal of confidences of any congregants I have ministered to, and I am not speaking here in any official capacity for any of the religious organizations I am affiliated with: my denomination, my region which issues my ministry credentials, the congregation I currently serve, or my publisher.
Speaking of my publisher, my second book, On Earth as it is in Heaven: A Faith-Based Toolkit for Economic Justice is now available for preorder direct from my publisher, Church Publishing, as well as from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and plenty of other outlets, along with my debut book, Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face—And How We’re Ready.
Last few AMAs:
Update: Well y'all, that's a wrap on this year's Christmas AMA! I always enjoy these, and I hope you do as well. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year--have a blessed holiday season, whatever it is you may celebrate! God bless.