I was at a conference recently where I heard that more than 50% of the jobs for priests in our church are less than full time. And as you may have read about the recent denominational numbers, there are more churches with less than 10 people on a given Sunday than churches with 300 people or more. This means that we have many (many!) congregations with one single worker, the priest.
If on top of all the regular congregational work, the priest wants to also be innovative and try new things, then the work can be *really* lonely, especially when you consider how many times new things don't work and that somehow they always seem to take longer than we planned.
Trust me, as a staff of one (plus some administrative work help), I know how this work of innovation can get lonely, ... not so much in a physical presence way... rather, in a "conversation partner" way. We want to help change that.
As you have read in the past, through one of our experiments we are helping spread the HearthEdge Network here in the US. And we want you to join us. We still have open spaces for a full-year scholarship. So, do read about it in our latest newsletter HERE and consider joining our experimental community.
On a different note, our newsletter is going from weekly to monthly. This will mean that there will be more meat in it for you as more time will allow for our experiments to have more action.
The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija is the founding director of the TryTank Experimental Lab.