The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Are older pastors wanted?

We often fail to value the wisdom of experience

Those of us who are over 55 and second-career pastors or associates in ministry are excited, energized and full of vim and vigor about God's ministry. Why (especially if we have gray hair) are we thought to be brain dead?

Unlike cultures that revere elders for their wisdom and experience, Americans often don't see that the gray matter under gray hair contains rich insights and perspectives. A recent ELCA study reveals that older seminary graduates--particularly older women--tend to wait several months longer than their younger classmates for a first call.

Confidential class?

Shouldn't information shared during Sunday school be strictly confidential? I made an offhand remark regarding someone I work with, and the remark was repeated to my boss. I almost lost my job.

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