What’s Up with Pastor Todd 11-19-21

What’s Up with Pastor Todd 11-19-21

This week I had the honor of being interviewed by Rev. Dr. Jim Latimer for his “Wisdom from the Field” podcast. We covered four topics: 1) Why I use “Transition” in my title, 2) Shifting from a white dominant ministry model to a multi-ethnic one, 3) Know your options for a future with hope, 4) Walking with a congregation through the decision to sell their building.

It was a lot of fun working with Jim. Last week we did an hour-long “pre-interview interview” to get a sense of the topics we wanted to cover and how to focus them. The actual interview was done over Zoom in four 10-15 minute segments, which Jim will produce and make available on his Website www.coachingforinterims.com. I look forward to hearing how they turned out. 

I love talking about ministry, congregations, transitions, social justice, and everything God is up to in and among us, so you can imagine it was a pretty high energy conversation. I’ll let you know when the podcast is available. 

Also last week I led an in person and online “Zen for Christians” meditation class at First Church in Windsor. We had seven in person attenders and 170 online. We’re talking about the possibility of making this a regular offering. Zen meditation practice has been a powerful tool for transformation in my life over the past 22 years. I’m happy for the opportunity to make it available to others. Check out First Church in Windsor Facebook page and website for upcoming dates and times.

Additionally, the holidays are upon us. Deacons, Church Council and staff from both First Church and South Church have been planning for safe, meaningful, and memorable celebrations of Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. If you haven’t been to church in a while, now’s a great time to reconnect.

Author: toddyonkman

I am a husband, father, author, and Designated Term Transitional Pastor of First Church of Christ in Saybrook (CT).

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