In these days of struggling denominational middle judicatories, this post offers a h/t and thank you to The Synod of Lincoln Trails who sponsors (what I think is the only remaining) New Pastors program in our denomination. I’m with NP23 this week which is why the posts will be few and far between.
When I was a New Pastor, there was a denominational program that brought together the newly ordained for a three year cohort to discuss everything from the grief of losing our civilian lives to the discernment of our second call. The program was eliminated for financial reasons. But my Synod still does this for our own eight Presbyteries in Illinois and Indiana.
Where else can new pastors (and I include those in specialized ministry as pastors as well) talk freely about Crucial Conversations, Personal Boundaries, Personal Finance and other delicate issues without fear? Clergy colleagues are essential in this life and we are creating strong bonds with every campfire.
Short post today because I get to be with these colleagues in a few minutes. Nobody does New Pastors better than my Synod. Grateful.
Image of Stronghold Castle where NP23 is meeting for the 4th (out of 6) retreats.