The following was preached on Sunday, March 13, 2016 for the Installation of the Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath as the Associate Pastor of First Parish Church in Derry, New Hampshire: Installations are oddly named events. I know this has all … Continue reading Pastors and Teachers: Sermon for the Installation of the Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath
About six months ago I started a new call as the senior pastor of a church in New Hampshire. I truly loved the congregation I previously served, but with a wife who had just graduated from seminary herself, and a … Continue reading What Kind of a Pastor Does Your Church Really Want?
Remember those “What I Learned on my Summer Vacation” essays from school? Think of this post as one of those. A little over two weeks ago I finished my pastorate in Vermont and moved to Exeter, New Hampshire, where I … Continue reading The Tyranny of Consensus: Why the Church Needs to Reject the Idol of Unanimity
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday in the church. It’s the Sunday when churches everywhere are filled with the color red, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, and we celebrate a story from the church’s earliest days. On Pentecost we remember how the … Continue reading How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations
Scripture: Psalm 23 and John 10 If you ask people to tell you their favorite Scriptures, or even just list a few Scriptures they know, there’s one that always seems to come up: Psalm 23. You likely know the words: … Continue reading The Good Shepherd: Sermon for May 11, 2014
Update: This post has now been published on the Huffington Post. If you want to easily share this with your network (and thank you to all who have already done so) you can do that here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-emily-c-heath/ten-ways-to-support-your-_b_4306203.html Recently another of my … Continue reading Ten Ways to Support Your Congregation’s Pastor
When I graduated from seminary eleven years ago I did so proclaiming that I would never serve as a parish pastor. I, arrogantly I now see, proclaimed that “real ministry” wasn’t done in churches. It was done in hospitals, schools, … Continue reading The Unexpected Pastor