I’m currently considering changing the nature of this blog, its intent and so on. Part of this will be making it viewable only by members. It might actually be that I simply start a whole new blog.
Regardless, as it looks right now, given my schedule and responsibilities, I probably won’t be updating this blog as it stands right now much in the future.
The original point of this blog was for it to be a community tool for my colleagues in seminary. This didn’t really happen. Instead, it quickly became something else, for reasons almost entirely outside my control.
I feel like I’ve learned a lot in doing this blogging thing. I’ve ‘met’ a lot of interesting people and a lot of obnoxious people as well as a result of it all, which is to be expected. This is the internet, after all. Many people, in their defense, have ‘met’ me and found me obnoxious, so that’s fair.
In short, though, if you are currently in a first call, or looking toward a first call, or in seminary, or thinking about attending seminary, email me or contact me otherwise to let me know if you’d be interested in a collective blog for mutual support. I’m looking toward a career in ministry with a lot of excitement and frankly a lot of fear. 50% burnout in the first five years is unbelieveable, and says to me that once you’re out there, you don’t get a lot of support. Seminary hasn’t come anywhere near preparing me for the things I already know I’ll face in pastoral ministry (except for the field education aspect). But if anyone needs me to exegete a passage, I’m an exegetical ninja now, with well over 30 credit hours in biblical studies, biblical languages, and so on. That’s ten times the amount of coursework I’ve had in preaching, pastoral care and counseling, leading worship, teaching, formation, spritual development, and so on, but who’s counting?
Anway, I think it might be a good idea to have some kind of forum where we, the rising generation of ministers of word and sacrament, lay pastors, youth ministers and so on, can write, vent, reflect and find mutual support.
If you’re interested, drop me a line – in the comments thread here, via email, etc.