Enneagram 4 (and in youth ministry)

Hi, my name is Patti and I shun labels of all kinds. I block quiz apps on social media. I dislike personality tests because I feel like they never capture the true essence of ME. It began no differently with the Enneagram as with any other personality profile. I’ve taken at least a dozen for […]

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Enneagram 3 (and in youth ministry)

DO YOU: Find yourself doing things for attention Over-commit to things because you want to please other people Become obsessive about being the best at whatever you do Have a hard time sharing the spotlight with others If you find out someone is better at something than you, get jealous or possibly just quit doing […]

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Enneagram 2 (and in youth ministry)

Enneagram 2- The Helper. The Giver. Sounds like the best pastor ever, right? In so many ways, the positive qualities of the Enneagram 2 (intuiting the feelings of people around me, incredible commitment to relationships, being able to navigate relational tension with tact and grace) have been a great asset to my life in ministry. […]

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Enneagram 1 (and in youth ministry)

I always felt like the odd (wo)man out in Youth Ministry circles.  First, there’s the gender thing.  Super fun to be in the “regional” youth ministry gatherings that are basically a bro fest.  (Even more fun when you’re serving in a conservative area and several of the guys in the group aren’t sure if they […]

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No More Apologies.

It’s our last day of “Women in Youth Ministry Month,” and I want to take today to share something I’ve been working through for the last month or so. Last month I went to the FIERCE Conference, a gathering of mostly United Methodist Female pastors (and some strays, like me. #unordained). The gathering included the […]

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I’m just… Different

“I have no where to put that.” I said to our creative director ten minutes before the service started. I had carefully crafted my outfit to hide the growing baby bump, but I had failed to consider the mic pack. “Just clip it to your waistband.” Sure. They looked like jeans, but they were not. […]

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I’m not Coming to Your Conference

I’m not coming to your conference if there aren’t women on the platform. I’m not coming to your conference if there aren’t people of color teaching and not just entertaining. There. I said it. I said what my spirit has been screaming for all 20 years of ministry I’ve walked in. If your conference does […]

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