’” While backpacking through the Middle East a few years ago, she interviewed Muslims, Catholics and people of other faiths, asking their perceptions of God. “I don’t know how I could have written that book if I were married with children,” she said.“Sacred Encounters from Rome to Jerusalem” will be released in November.” Whether writing, combating injustice, running or salsa dancing, Park, 37, longs to minister out of her complete life experiences.That means not, she said, as a “perfect” person, just an unmarried clergy member or just a woman.
They’re young, they’re single, they’re pastors – and their lives might surprise you. Tamara Park A seminary professor once told Tamara Park she’d enjoy studying Hebrew. “The reality is that my time does look differently, not having a husband or children,” she said.
While they might not be found throwing back shots at the bar or canoodling uptown until 2 a.m., don’t assume they’re just sitting at home reading the Bible. “I think ‘How do I steward that, and take risks and move into opportunities that I couldn’t do if I were married?
We talked to five single ministry leaders in Charlotte, and here are their stories.
And their title doesn’t exempt them from issues everyone else faces, including temptation, sex, loneliness – and losing a loved one.
“We often have unconscious perceptions of what a leader, especially a church leader, should look like – which oftentimes is a married man,” said Park.
“I grew up in a church where a woman couldn’t be pastor…I know people have unspoken assumptions, (but) I’ve really studied the scriptures and realized women do have a role.
There’s a mutual respect, and a real appreciation and value, of having men and women’s voices together.”Alan Porter It’s not every day a man of God says his favorite movie is a chick flick about a prostitute who falls in love with Richard Gere.
But if you ask Alan Porter, “Pretty Woman” is his answer.
“It really speaks to me a strong message of how difficult it can be to find people who are interested in you, who appreciate you beyond what you can give them,” he said.