Monthly Archives: May 2011

Reexamining Ministry Titles

Words Matter II: Why Use Secular Titles for Sacred Work? In the course of my research, I studied the staff listings of about 400 congregations.  In the vast majority of churches studied it was very easy — indeed painfully easy … Continue reading

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The People of God aren’t sheep

Words Matter I:  The mix messages inherent in using the term “pastor” for clergy When I was a child, the only term I knew for the clergy in my church was “minister.”  Later on, the idea that “all God’s people … Continue reading

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Reforming the language of church leadership

I have become very sensitive to how the language of church leadership can reinforce a clergy-centric understanding of ministry in both subtle and not so subtle ways.  Feminist theology has helped reveal how language affects our theological world view and … Continue reading

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