I recently met with a new friend, Michael Hildago. I have a hunch you’ll be hearing more from and about Michael in the upcoming year or so. He’s engaging, thoughtful, and challenges the church to walk in the fullness of her beauty and strength. We talked about writing and churchland, and I shared a story from a few years ago.
While waiting for a church service to begin, I tucked away in the pastor’s office to pray and prepare. I soon became distracted by the bookshelf—the array of thoughtful titles and colorful covers revealed much about the pastor’s theology, soul questions, and life perspective. I was taken back by how many of the writers whose names I recognized, but if you asked me, “Where were they now?” I had no idea.
A few are still writing. A few are still in ministry. But many aren’t writing or in ministry any more.
“What makes the difference for those who have longevity?” Michael asked.
“Travel with your husband and dog,” I said, without hesitating.
“You travel with your dog?” Michael laughed.
“Yep!” I said. “The pack that travels together stays together.”
Michael’s question launched a discussion on what contributes to sustainability in ministry or the workplace. Continue Reading...