The Girlfriends' Clergy Companion: Surviving and Thriving in Ministry

The Girlfriends Clergy Companion Surviving and Thriving in Ministry As increasing numbers of young women are discerning a call to ministry entering seminary graduating and searching for the call to a parish or other ministry setting they need to be aware of the re

  • Title: The Girlfriends' Clergy Companion: Surviving and Thriving in Ministry
  • Author: Melissa Lynn DeRosia Marianne J. Grano Amy Morgan Amanda Adams Riley
  • ISBN: 9781566994187
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • As increasing numbers of young women are discerning a call to ministry, entering seminary, graduating, and searching for the call to a parish or other ministry setting, they need to be aware of the realities that face them The Girlfriends Clergy Companion is about the nitty gritty of ministry for young female clergy how to maintain a sense of personal style, what it s rAs increasing numbers of young women are discerning a call to ministry, entering seminary, graduating, and searching for the call to a parish or other ministry setting, they need to be aware of the realities that face them The Girlfriends Clergy Companion is about the nitty gritty of ministry for young female clergy how to maintain a sense of personal style, what it s really like to be a solo pastor, how to date, what to do when they re ready to quit The authors met in 2008 at a gathering of young women who serve as pastors Since then, they have been meeting monthly to develop a young girlfriends network and to support one another in their ministries In their conversations, they heard one another talking about what they wished they had known before beginning ministry Those yearnings gave rise to this book The authors discuss the call process and the ministry situations in which young women most commonly find themselves serving as a solo pastor and as an associate Additional chapters explore personal style, the single life, relationships, children, and self care, as well as challenges pastors, particularly new pastors, often face Each chapter ends with The Girlfriends Checklist, a summary of strategies to help young women be happier and effective ministers.

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    1. It was OK. The cover is a bit cliche for me which set the tone for what was in the pages. Don't get me wrong, I am incredibly grateful to read stories of other women doing ministry in their skin and I support them fully. I'm just not convinced they represented my post-modern, funky edge of ministry. I appreciated their thoughts on family and ministry.

    2. This is a very practical book by four female clergy written to a new female clergy. It talks about many aspects of being a female pastor and how you can be treated differently than male pastors, it talks about setting healthy boundaries in these areas, and it also talks about how traditional male pastor roles (and a congregations expectations) might not fit us as female pastors and how to address those differences. Some topic examples are the expected role of the pastor's spouse, maternity leave [...]

    3. This is a great book for new clergy. It is aimed at women clergy, but the principles are spot on for everyone. It is amazing there aren't more guides for new clergy that did into the heart of issues that do come up from dress, to hair style, to expectations and weird comments. the chapter on Tiresome, Taxing and Toxic really covered some of the experiences common in ministry. How do we sort through experiences that are only tiresome and others that are toxic. A lot of good meat in this book for [...]

    4. Didn't think I'd like this (because it's been a long time since I was a young clergywoman) but it's truly helpful for all young clergywomen - and maybe the older ones. I'm stocking up to share with young women seminarians and even with church search committees.

    5. This book was nice and light, even a bit funny. It wasn't helpful really as a guide but it was an enjoyable read. I recommend it as fun to read but not if looking for real guidance.

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