|Do clergy wear multiple hats|
or choose which hat to wear?
These are part of the lived realities of the churches I serve alongside in upstate New York. While we have a few "full-time" positions (i.e. sufficient resources for compensation, full medical and pension and reimbursements for ministry expenses), we have a much higher number of churches with pastors who serve less than full-time (or are paid for less than full time and sometimes struggle with churches still expecting more than their pastoral budget really allows).
Ponder these things....
The Episcopal Church conducted a survey of its denominational clergy and found some very familiar patterns if you know anything about the trends (mostly downward) of full-time clergy becoming less likely.
Read the report via this link:
A few years ago, a report on "Alternative Pastoral Models" was written by Dr C. Jeff Woods, Associate General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches/USA (aka "my home team"). Jeff's thoughtful piece is now several years old, yet I believe it is likely to be appreciated anew or perhaps now can be appreciated with the change already felt and experienced actively among many of our churches.
Read Jeff's piece via: https://alban.org/archive/alternative-pastoral-models/
One of my own contributions to this changed trend in ministry (note: it's not "changing" as it has already "changed") is my essay "4 Ways Your Church Can Pay Your Next Minister Fairly", written back in September 2014. After I posted my original version on this blog on a Friday and shared word of its availability through social media (FB), I had over 100 views by the end of the weekend. I realized then that I had written something more off the cuff really struck a chord. I continue to refer churches to it as they wrestle with how to be "fair" not only to the minister but also the congregation as everyone will be more realistic about the balancing act in the long run.
Here's a version edited for Ethics Daily's use: http://www.ethicsdaily.com/4-ways-your-church-can-pay-your-next-minister-fairly-cms-22127