Christa Klosterman is a '02 graduate of NTS and an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She is currently on special assignment serving two United Methodist congregations, one in Fruitland, ID and the other in Ontario, Oregon.
CPL: What are the most challenging aspects to pastoring a circuit?
I still haven’t figured out how to be in 2 places at the same time! There can be a nagging feeling of being divided. The demands on my time and making decision about how everything is going to fit together are more pronounced with two churches. It is also challenging to try and give direction to 2 congregations going in different directions. As for preaching, the reality is there is only time to write one sermon which sometimes makes the sermon a little less personal. But there is time to write a good sermon, for which I am grateful. I’ve had to figure out how to work within the limits I’ve been given, which we all do all the time, but it’s a bit more obvious on a circuit.