Several friends are in the process of applying to D.Min. programs, and I began to wonder if that wasn’t something I would like to do, too. But it struck me the other night that I might rather work on a book of some kind, even if it wasn’t something that would end in a degree. I really enjoy writing drama for worship (from funny skits to monologues to readings for multiple voices that intertwine the lectionary passages). Preachers/pastors, is that the kind of resource you would put on your book-buying list?
My first step is to look back over the things I’ve already done and see which year of lectionary material has the most. That might be the place to begin, whichever year it is.
When do I think I will be doing this, you ask? A very good question.
I know there are some sabbatical grant money sources, but most of those are tied to being pastor of a church too small or poor to afford to finance a sabbatical. I wonder if there wouldn’t be some similar source for a person doing Interim Ministry or feeling called to a writing project? And I wonder what it would feel like to spend three or four months next year organizing such a project?