Associate Pastor, Day 1

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Today, I started my new job as Associate Pastor of Pantano Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ.

Me.

The gal who knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that when she entered seminary she definitely wasn’t called to be a pastor.

The gal who grew up believing women shouldn’t be pastors.

Yet, here we are.

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New Series: Pastoral Care in Unexpected Places

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Last year, I accepted that God was calling me to be a pastor.  It was sudden and it was unexpected.  Well, at least to me it was.  And since then, I’ve been thinking about a lot of things as far as pastoring goes.  My recent exploration of church size is one of those things.

But another big topic on my mind is pastoral care.  If you don’t know what that means, you’re not alone.  I didn’t until about two years ago.  And as I prepare to take Introduction to Pastoral Care this semester, I’m willing to bet that even my definition of pastoral care will be refined.

When you think of a pastor, what comes to mind?  Preaching.  Weddings.  Funerals.  Hospital Visits.  Yes to all of those things.  Which of those is considered to be pastoral care?  My answer?

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Just Write Already!

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I’ve been thinking that I should sit down and write.  But I haven’t exactly had anything monumental to write about.  As if I need anything earth-shattering to write about.  After all, no one really reads these things anyway.  So I’m committing to writing something at least once every week.  I guess that this is my one time to do that this week.

So….what to write…what to write…

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