Between Two Worlds Day 20 (of 40)
HOW CAN I SERVE YOU?
That is a question that we pastors learn to ask before we even assume the mantle of a church. Of course it may be that the call to serve is what drives us to become pastors rather than the other way around. The truth of the matter is that I was never called to serve the church. From the beginning I felt called to serve a deeper purpose and spirit that we often call God. It just happened to be that the church was the best place to do that, at least for a time.
I used to say that I left the ministry for a time when I was referring to the period from 1997-2006. But later I adapted my story and said, “I left the pastoral ministry for awhile.” I never left the ministry. I continued to serve, but my ministry was with hospice patients and their families, adjudicated adolescents in foster care and non-profit organizations.
I don’t think my call to serve will ever go away. It’s possible that I might end up being employed in for-profit businesses at some point, but it would only be to support my real love–serving the community and recovering the language of the Soul in our public life.
To that end I have a very practical request. I want to know how I can best serve you. Sometime in the next 9-18 months I am likely to finish the interim pastor position where I am currently employed (called). I know that I may need to transition directly into another interim position after that. But in the meantime I would like to develop as much of the Pedal Pilgrim work as I can. My dream would be to someday do this freelance work full time, but I am okay with whatever the gods have in store. Maybe I’ll be able to get away with half time or three quarter time work where I can dedicate the remainder of my time to this passion that has a tight grip on me.
But I need your help!
Below are a few statements for you, my readers. Would you leave a comment or write me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me which statements or combination of statements apply to you. Or write your own little essay about whether I am going the right direction or not. Anything except staying quiet works for me! (If you want you can copy these into your comment and then check them.)
I know what I can offer. I know what I want to do, but what I really need to know is how I can best serve you.
How can I best serve you?
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Inviting you to take this journey with me…