Tuesday, November 13, 2007

We need a Word for it.

One of my best RevGal friends hereabouts is a woman who was the Associate Pastor at this church for about nine years a decade or so ago and now serves as pastor of a church about 45 minutes away. She's often able to give me history and insights on people and situations here; I bring her news of her old friends.

While lunching with her last week, I remembered a conversation I'd had with a group of pastors a few years back. There happened to be several of us at that particular gathering who had served the same congregations at different times--sometimes decades apart. We all agreed that there should be a name for pastors who have served the same congregation but at different times. It's a unique kind of relationship--sort of like in-laws, but not exactly. Maybe more like two people who both dated the same person but at different times. But that's not exactly right either.

What would you call it?

3 comments:

Presbyterian Gal said...

Since someone who comes ahead is a "forerunner", how about "Past-or-runner".

*pause to listen to sound of crickets*

Anitra said...

I get this actually. I had an opportunity to participate in a 100 yr anniversary of the church where I interned and it was cool to meet a lot of folks I had heard about and I did feel a particular bond because of knowing their history. I'm not sure how it works looking downstream though...

Pastors-in-call?

SpookyRach said...

Step-pastor?