Pastoral Resume in “The Beautiful Due”

This was recently posted in my online Leadership class at Carey (thanks Lauralyn). I loved it and I am glad to pass it on to you. The author goes by “David” and gives no last name, though you can find more about him on his website “The Beautiful Due.” You can also subscribe to other well-though-out poems of “differentiation.”


Maybe one of these days a little church and I will find each other.

The people there would be looking for a friend, not a leader.

I would like that, to become their friend and they become mine.


I would be willing to rustle up some encouraging words every

Sunday morning in exchange for most of the rest of my week

exercising the freedom to climb deeper into the world’s hard silence.


I would love to officiate at weddings and bless newborns. I would be

honored to say the words over those dead but held safe. I would gladly

sign on for those moments if beyond that there was really nothing to do


but take bets on the first snowfall or laze about in old lawn chairs or

cook heaps of spaghetti served with red wine for the monthly potluck.

A little church could hire me to say grace over all that. And we’d eat.

Paddy Ducklow
My name is Paddy Ducklow. I am retired from CAREY but happy to have my past blogs here. I have had the privilege of assisting faculty, board, staff, pastors, students, etc. to write their thoughts and become published. Today, I can be found at www.theducklows.ca
  1. Ed Hird Reply
    This is wonderfully self-differentiated, popping the balloon of anxious family projection process onto the incoming pastor. It also comes across as delightfully playful and childlike, rather than childish and self-absorbed. Ed Hird

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