It Is Good to Have Help When Herding Cats

herding-cats3Yesterday was Board day. And it was good.

When I first became a pastor, I dreaded Board day. I knew it was coming each month. As we got closer to it, I began to fret, even though I knew it was necessary.

I have heard some women talk about their menstrual cycle: It is coming whether you want it or not, and you wish it didn’t–but then, if it doesn’t there is trouble.

As I grow in pastoring, I have come to appreciate the gifts and commitment of Board members. God has called us to be colleagues in serving and leading a great enterprise.

I love my church, the church I serve and lead as pastor. And I love those who join me in service and leadership.

Pastors often describe our work as “herding cats.” It is good to have help when herding cats. That’s what Boards do: they take turns with the herding, and help make things work better.

Thank you, Board members: past, present, and future.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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