Rev. Shelly Petz


Clergy Faith & Wellness: Saying thank you

October 03, 2019

Thank you. Thank you Clergy. Thank you Clergy families. Thank you congregations for supporting clergy. October is clergy appreciation month. Can you name one clergy person who has been a part of your faith journey in a powerful way? In honor of that pastor, would you be willing to share an act of ...


Clergy Faith & Wellness: Weathering the storm

September 18, 2019

The Great Plains has experienced many storms, struggles, and disasters in the past year ... blizzards, floods, hail, tornadoes and earthquakes. Many of you have experienced these or know others who are living in the aftermath. There are also many clergy who have experienced storms of life in the ...


Clergy Faith & Wellness: Help end stigma around clergy physical health

August 07, 2019

This is the faith and wellness blog I didn’t want to write. I have shied away from the topic of physical health, out of fear that I would hurt someone with whatever I would say. I feared that nothing I could write on physical health would be able to also express care for my clergy colleagues. I know...


Clergy Faith and Wellness: address your stress

July 08, 2019

"I just can't do it anymore," — a statement made by a clergy colleague.  Maybe you've made the statement at some point in ministry, as well. There are times when being clergy is an incredible gift, an honor, a calling that exceeds any expectation.   There are times when being clergy is exhausting,...


Clergy Faith and Wellness: Moving as a spiritual discipline

June 07, 2019

I am not a big fan of moving. Growing up, I moved one time, from in-town to out-of-town. I didn’t have to leave friends, my church, or my community. Then I was ordained and agreed to live into this new life of itinerancy, which I had no idea what exactly that would mean. I didn’t know that with each...


Clergy Faith and Wellness: The Missing Piece

April 23, 2019

It was January 7. I only remember the date because it was the day after Epiphany when I had an epiphany moment. I was out walking around my neighborhood, basically to try and shake out some unsettled things within me. I had been stewing over my health, work stuff, family, life. I knew that often a ...


Clergy Faith and Wellness: Faith and Wellness Initiative

January 29, 2019

Clergy of the Great Plains Conference, Thank you to those who planned for and participated in the recent Great Plains Orders and Fellowship meeting. The vulnerability, strength, honesty and encouragement from the presenters, workshop leaders, Bishop Saenz and Rev. Dr. Kevass Harding, and the ...


Clergy Faith and Wellness: Health for body and soul

January 01, 2019

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. 3 John 1:2 (NRSV) Friends, I do indeed pray for you. Ministry is an incredible calling, and responsibility. Many of you have just led others through the seasons of Advent, Christmas, ...


Clergy Faith and Wellness: Permission to take care of yourself

December 05, 2018

 Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25 (NRSV)   Consider the following statement.   This Advent I… am experiencing anxiety, stress, fear, like there is too much too do, etc. am centered in the word of God. am doing all my spiritual practices that I can,...