Statistics show that 43 percent of mainline Protestant congregations have no full-time clergy. But does switching to part-time lead to irreversible decline? This year’s convocation will be exploring what church can look like with a part-time pastor. This is a vital conversation for all pastors. Not only will we be exploring a shift from full-time to part-time, we will also discuss managing congregational expectations.
Join our presenter the Rev. G. Jeffrey MacDonald (now serving as part-time interim in Kensington) and a panel of three part-time pastors, the Rev. Nancy Talbott , the Rev. Sara Marean , and the Rev. Mark Koyama.
The Rev. G. Jeffrey MacDonald is an award-winning journalist, UCC pastor and chronicler of America’s fast-changing religious landscape. His first book, Thieves in the Temple: The Christian Church and the Selling of the American Soul, took third place for Religion Nonfiction Book of the Year in 2010. His newest book, Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving Without Full-Time Clergy, explores one of the biggest trends in mainline Protestantism – churches switching to part-time clergy – and how it’s unleashing new vitality in surprising ways.
The panel: The Rev. Nancy Talbott is the pastor of the Congregational Church of North Barnstead, UCC, the Rev. Sara Marean is the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Wilmot, and the Rev. Mark Koyama is the pastor of the United Church of Jaffrey.
At this year’s convocation, MacDonald will share research from his new book, Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving Without Full-Time Clergy. He'll lead participants in exercises to apply insights from 20 vital mainline congregations that found greener pastures after switching to part-time clergy. All churches, whether they have full-time or part-time clergy, can learn from those that are strategically rethinking roles for clergy and laity in changing times. Attendees will leave inspired and prepared to put fresh thinking to work in their respective ministry contexts.