A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Clergy Cluster - How Is it with your Soul?

Bottom row left to right: Rev. Rick Jones (Sixth Avenue UMC), Rita Kay Brown (Mills Memorial UMC), & Rev. Phyllis Fetzer (Maple Street UMC.) 
Top row left to right: Rev. Alice Wolfe (Baltimore Christ UMC), Rev. Jeremy Shank UMC (Thornville UMC), Rev. Craig Arnold (Shalom UMC) & Rev. Ted Grotsky (Dumontville UMC)
Not Pictured: Rev. Stacy Evans, Rev. Patty Wycuff, and the photographer (me.)

I am privileged to participate in a monthly clergy cluster meeting with United Methodist clergy in the greater Lancaster area. We take turns hosting our gatherings at each of our churches. The host pastor provides refreshments and offers a devotional thought which includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

The purpose of the cluster is to support, encourage, and share effective ministry practices with each other. It's also a time for us to share with each other how it is with our souls. This was a question John Wesley encouraged the early Methodist class meetings to ask. It's a simple question, but also a very profound one.

Today's meeting was at Dumontville UMC and was hosted by Rev. Ted Grotsky. As you can see in the picture, we also love to have fun.

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