My New Role: Transitional Minister

I am delighted to announce that effective January 1, 2015 I will begin a new role as Transitional Senior Minister at Fort Myers Congregational UCC (Fort Myers, FL). Process Their current minister, Rev. Phil White, is retiring at the end of this year after serving in that role for the last decade.  I have known Phil for several years, and am thankful he extended an invitation to me to serve as a guest preacher this summer. July 20: A Holy Invitation July 27: Persisting for the Read More …

Sermon: The Next Chapter

Ephesians 2:14-22 (The Message) Sermon Excerpt A few weeks ago, Susan and I participated in Hodges University’s annual commencement ceremony.  As professors, we know quite well how much the graduating class and their families look forward to that special occasion.  This year we listened to remarks from a member of the graduating class and from a faculty member. While those short addresses were interesting, the one speech this year’s graduates are most likely to remember is the Read More …

The End of Interim Ministry?

Later this month I will conclude a 10 month interim role as the Senior Minister of United Church (Marco Island, FL): a congregation affiliated with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and the United Church of Christ.  This year long journey has afforded the congregation an opportunity to process the past, understand the present, and prepare for the future.  I firmly believe it will enable the new settled minister to begin well from day one knowing that folks are ready Read More …

Pastoral Prayer for Sept. 15

I offered the following pastoral prayer yesterday on the occasion of my first Sunday in a new interim ministry role. Alpha and Omega, you are the beginning and the end.  You alone see the world without the boundary of time.  Those of us who live with the burden of time measure our days and count our hours.  We consult our calendars and manage our moments.  Help us to overcome the tendency to confuse busyness with blessedness. God of new beginnings who is making all things new come into our Read More …

No More Interim Pastors?

The Author Anthony Robinson is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor who currently serves as President of Congregational Leadership Northwest.  He travels throughout North America as a speaker, teacher, preacher, consultant and coach serving congregations and their leaders. Robinson has taught at several schools including Toronto School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, and Vancouver School of Theology.  He is the author of nine books, including Changing the Read More …