The Passing Parson

A monthly blog by Rev. Dr George J. Koch, Holy Trinity’s Intentional Interim Pastor during our time of transition.  Pastor Koch will provide spiritual leadership for Holy Trinity until the new regularly called Pastor takes office.  In his weekly blog, Pastor Koch will discuss his thoughts on the Church Year and upcoming events at Holy Trinity.

Two Ears and One Mouth

Posted by Mark Edwards on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 @ 5:23 PM

A Post by Pastor George

Some wag once said that we have two ears and one mouth and we should use them in that proportion. This is especially true for pastors doing the work of intentional interim ministry; we need to listen to others more than we speak. We also need to ask the right questions to get deep, meaningful answers.  Here are the questions that I mentioned at the annual meeting to help us get started. I will be asking these questions to better understand both the people and the community.

  • Why are you a part of this church?
  •  What keeps you here?
  • Have you ever contemplated stepping away from church? Why or why not? From this church?
  • How would you describe your relationship with God right now?
  • How has your relationship with God changed over the past few years?
  • What effect, if any, has our church had on your relationship with God?
  • How can we be of assistance?
  • What would need to change here to help you grow more toward Jesus’ call to love God and love others?

I would love to hear your answer to any of these questions during this interim period.


Pastor George

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