Those two questions are the topic of choice for an essay contest being sponsored by the Academy of Parish Clergy. They have invited pastors serving in their first parish or having recently completed their first call to submit a 1500-2000 word, journal-style essay addressing these questions.
The pastor(s) submitting the winning essays will receive a $600 grant to attend the Academy’s Annual Conference of the near Orlando, Fla., Feb. 15-17, 2011. The winning articles will be published in Sharing the Practice, the Journal of the Academy of Parish Clergy.
The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15, 2010. Further information may be found at www.apclergy.org.