Academy of Parish Clergy writing contest deadline Feb. 15
Written by Staff Reports
January 20, 2012
Pastors serving their first parish or those recently
completing a first-call pastorate are invited to participate in the Academy of
Parish Clergy’s quarterly journal, Sharing the Practice, by submitting an article on the challenges of a first-call
pastorate as it relates to emergent and post-institutional church issues.
Entries must be submitted by Feb. 15, addressing the
does the emergent church/post-institutional church mean to you and your
claim do biblical and theological traditions have upon ministry in this
are the definitive and disturbing elements in the future church emerging in changing
- Describe your ministry moving into the future as you understand it?
Participants are asked to "push theological boundaries"
and reflect on the interplay of contemporary context and biblical/theological
traditions, addressing transformative experiences, surprises of grace and theological
Additional subject matter includes the importance of process
of leadership, decision-making, planning and implementation toward mission and
ministry. Consideration should also be given to the role of lay leadership,
member involvement, congregational decision-making and pastoral support/leadership.
Examples of obstacles overcome by the power of prayer and courageous action are
Pastors are asked to give specific examples of their work, explaining
dynamics and focusing on change in the culture of congregations and an evolving
style of ministry; or describing the development of a specific ministry or
Two articles will be selected for publication in the Spring 2012
issue of Sharing the Practice. Writers
of the selected articles will receive free registration (a $230 value) and reimbursement
for travel (up to $370) to the Annual Conference of the Academy at Bergamo
Center in Dayton, Ohio, May 8-10.
Articles of 1,500 to 2,000 words should be submitted in Microsoft
Word format to the Rev. Bill Youngkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries should include a brief biography, including professional ministry
history, ordination/authorization date and authorizing body attached to your
For further details, email Youngkin or visit the Academy
web site at <apclergy.org>.