The Steadfastness of God
Theresa Charlton - In business, taking advantage of a niche market requires intentional strategy. Can this principal apply to ministry? I am exploring the possibility of refocusing a Presbyterian congregation towards intentional Seniors' Ministry in a Canadian retirement community. As COVID continues to restrict, a study of successful transition to niche ministry becomes urgent.
Today's leaders in in the pulpit are called to be more than just acceptable. They are challenged to be exceptional. The Church no longer plays the significant influence it once had. In a world filled with cynicism and hypocrisy, the time has come for the Church to once again take its place as a voice of reason, and of justice, but also as an example of respectful and mature leadership. The Executive Leadership Focus of the Doctor of Ministry Program at San Francisco Theological Seminary has been a thoughtful and challenging program to bring out the excellence of theology and care and leadership skills I use each day as I lead a Presbyterian congregation in Western Canada. As I begin the Project Phase of my program, I am in search of finding a way to lead my charge through a needed transition to focused ministry, for the congregations future value and sustainability to the wider community. The recent events of a viral outbreak have had a significant impact on a congregation dominated by Seniors. While previously, the administration dabbled with the notion of how it might be more intentional to serve this group in the body of Christ, our restricted ability to worship, visit, provide pastoral care and maintain communication with our members, has only heightened our awareness of moving deliberately towards this approach to ministry.
The time has come for the Church to once again take its place as a voice of reason, and of justice, but also as an example of respectful and mature leadership.