When to Call Your Minister
The relationship you have with your minister can be, and should be, supportive, affirming, and empowering. It is my intention to make this true for all people in our congregation, from the youngest to the oldest, and everyone in between. Your minister should feel approachable and accessible. And, of course, there are times when I am more accessible than others! Sunday morning is often a very full and focused time, and not the best time to try to engage in a deep conversation. However, I am accessible throughout the week. Not sure when to call your minister? Here are some ideas:
Call the Minister When:
- You don’t know me, but would like to.
- You are upset with me, or would like to express appreciation.
- You have religious or spiritual questions.
- You are seeking to deepen your spiritual practices.
- You have problems with your job, children, marriage, parents, school, or anything else where a sympathetic ear might help you sort through the issues.
- You are going to the hospital, having surgery, find out you have a serious illness or condition, or know of someone else in the congregation who has any of these experiences.
- Someone close to you has died or is critically ill or you’re dealing with a significant loss or transition of some kind.
- You are planning to be married, separated, or divorced.
- You would like your child dedicated in a special blessing ceremony.
- You are pregnant and glad you are, or wish you weren’t
- You want to be pregnant but aren’t, or you are considering adoption.
- You feel ready to join the congregation, or have questions about membership.
- You want to explore new ways to engage in congregational life.
- You want to make a large donation to the church.
How to Reach the Minister:
In the spirit of trust, compassion and inquiry,
Reverend Lynda Sutherland