As churches continue to change and adapt to new realities, many are exploring what it means to have a part-time clergy person. Jeffrey MacDonald is an author and a part-time pastor who thinks that congregations who embrace the part-time model can thrive. MacDonald’s book, Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving without Full-Time Clergy, draws on his research of congregations with clergy serving less than full time—whether because they work in a secular profession or split their time between more than one congregation—to offer lessons for congregations considering this path. Rather than seeing the move to part-time as a failure, MacDonald shows that deliberately making this decision can open up new possibilities for Christian witness.
Join Dio principal Jesse Zink online for a 1-hour conversation with Jeffrey MacDonald in which we’ll explore MacDonald’s research and some of the key points he makes about how congregations with part-time clergy can thrive.
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