The CPL is pleased to repost this interview with Marissa Coblenz. She pastors in a small, rural community but speaks poignantly about the joys and challenges of ministering in this context.
CPL: Tell us about your current ministry assignment and how you landed there.
My husband and I co-pastor a small church in rural Missouri. When I tell the story of how we landed there, it starts with babysitting. I really hate babysitting (even though I love my friends' kids!) After graduating from seminary, I was staying home with my one-year-old son and pregnant with our little girl when I decided that I needed another source of income and a creative outlet so I could escape from babysitting. My husband and I had planned to wait until our children were a little older before we pursued any type of ministerial position.