Video: Part Time Clergy Is Plenty with Jeffrey MacDonald
Can Part-time clergy be a viable ministry option?
Mainline Protestant churches and denominational bodies don’t know how to handle part-time clergy. As a part-time clergy myself, I should know. The standard has been clergy working full time. But has that always been the standard? (The short answer is no.) What happens when churches can’t afford a full-time clergy? Does that mean the church is no longer viable? Mainline denominations assume that all calls to ministry should be full time and if a pastor is working part-time, this is because the congregation is on the downward slope towards closure.
The thing is, the reality is far different and these denominations aren’t ready for the change. A few weeks ago I talked to G. Jeffrey MacDonald the author of Part Time is Plenty: Thriving Without Full-Time Clergy for the Church and Main podcast. We had a great discussion on how part-time clergy can be a viable option for churches, if the membership is willing to step up. I made a video version of the podcast episode which you can view below.
Jeff is an ordained United Church of Christ minister and a freelance journalist whose writing credits include the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Religion News Service and others. He’s an interim minister of a UCC congregation and lives in New England.
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