Staying power

Heim at the helm
The congregation I serve recently surprised me by publicly recognizing the 20th anniversary of my arrival. I’ve never understood why longevity in ministry is any more deserving of celebration than staying the course as a physician, teacher, police officer, plumber, homemaker or spouse. Nevertheless, I appreciated and enjoyed the occasion. With each passing year my gratitude deepens for the great privilege of ministry and for the unique relationship that develops with a congregation over an extended period of time.

I’ve been thinking a lot about vocational longevity these days. The truth is I never thought I would stay anywhere for 20 years, never thought I had enough to say and do to last that long. After all, if you are a lectionary preacher, staying 20 years means that you are revisiting the same texts for the seventh time.


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