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Josh Kerr —  September 23, 2015

“This is the joyful feast of the people of God! They will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God.”

This joyful feast we in which we partake at the Lord’s Table is the center of many wonderful memories for me. I remember the conversations I had with my parents before receiving communion as a child. I remember celebrating the Lord’s Supper at summer camp surrounded by dear friends and amazing counselors. I remember the first time I presided at my ordination. The table, appropriately so, is one of the central objects/events of my ongoing faith development.


Another memory I’ll never forget is a time I helped serve communion as an intern at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX. I held the cup while the congregation, including my wife and then two-year-old son, came forward, received a piece of bread from one of the pastors, dipped that bread in the cup, and partook, receiving the holy gift of God’s grace. Continue Reading…

Ode to the Small Seeds

Josh Kerr —  October 8, 2014

Photo Mar 02, 5 54 52 PMYesterday, I attended my first presbytery meeting as a member of Cimarron Presbytery.  For those of you unfamiliar with Cimarron, we are a small presbytery of mostly small churches in the small towns of north-central and north-west Oklahoma.  With only twelve churches, I believe we are the smallest presbytery in the PC(USA).

Being a small presbytery comes with its challenges.  Yesterday, for example, we approved a budget with a significant deficit, and pray that God will continue to provide in unexpected ways.  The shortfall is the result of the loss of membership (mostly one church that was dismissed), and with such a small overall pool of members, the loss of one small church creates a pretty big hit to presbytery funding. Continue Reading…

First Month Lessons

Josh Kerr —  August 5, 2014

Photo Mar 02, 5 54 52 PMI have been a pastor for a little over a month now.  When people ask me how things are going, I usually tell them that I am still having fun, that I really like the people I serve, and that I have a ton of work to do.  All in all, things are going very well here.

While it has been a good start, everyday proves itself to be a learning experience.  Some of these lessons are particular to my context (Ex: learning the history of this congregation), and some are more general (Ex: continuing to evolve as a preacher).  Below are a few important lessons I’ve learned that may be helpful to others beginning a new ministry.

1. Focus more on the people than the tasks.  This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is easy to get caught up in the proverbial to-do list rather than spending time getting to know your people.  As a solo pastor/head of staff at a church that has been without an installed pastor for more than a year, there is a lot of administrative work to be done.  This is important work that needs to be done, but setting it aside to make pastoral visits, have lunch with members and staff, and visit with people who stop by the office are more important.  The administrator hat is an important one to wear, but we must never forget that pastors are there to serve God’s people. Continue Reading…