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As we head into Advent, it is my hope to reduce the attention I give to politics in either the “religious” or “secular” domain.

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In response to yesterday’s post, a reader sent me a powerful and penetrating quote she had come across that morning:

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NB: lest the issues addressed in this post, the next one, and the four preceding ones seem outdated or irrelevant to the current life of the church, please preface your reading of what follows by visiting: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/retired-bishop-caledonia-leaves-anglican-church-canada-breakaway-group/

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One of my favourite things about this blog is when a comment comes in response to a post that far surpasses the original post in insight, wisdom… and even on occasion in wit.

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In his book The Brain’s Way of Healing, Dr. Norman Doidge tells the remarkable, but apparently true story of the monks of Abbaye d’En Calcat in southern France.

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It may be the most important, least understood, and most challenging strategy of all:

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The strategies for staying together that I believe have helped the people in the church I serve to continue together in ministry with the same person in leadership for so long, are not so much “strategies” as they are attitudes.

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All of the strategies for staying together in ministry are pretty simple; none of them is easy.

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Estimates vary, but generally the average length that one person stays as the primary pastor in a single congregation is said to be between 3.6 and 7 years. Three decades is a bit unusual…. ok a lot unusual.

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Thirty years is a long time to do anything. But to stay in the same church community in ministry for three decades is a miracle.

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