Rev. Shelly Petz


Clergy Faith & Wellness: You are not alone

May 11, 2020

One in five people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. May is Mental Health Month. Most of the clergy that I have talked with in the past two months have experienced challenges that affect their mental health and well-being. If you are experiencing a mental health challenge, you ...


Clergy faith and wellness: I wept

April 20, 2020

I didn't know I had so many tears. Today I took a walk, because I know the importance of physical activity, especially in the midst of stress and distress. I wept. I wept as I walked by the house of my son's music teacher, knowing that tonight would have been his school music program, in which he...


Clergy Faith & Wellness: Surviving -- one day at a time

April 06, 2020

The list of responsibilities these past few weeks has been ever-growing, ever-changing. It has opened up times to think about new opportunities. For me, I have also been overwhelmed. I have found myself in the midst of moments with renewed creativity and exploring uncharted waters. I have found ...


Clergy Faith & Wellness: Give yourself permission to grieve

March 24, 2020

Clergy,   It is OK to give yourself permission to grieve. At an unprecedented time of facing a pandemic, many people are experiencing various stages of grief ... denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, meaning-making. (See works by Elisabeth Kubler Ross and David Kessler for more related ...


Clergy Faith & Wellness: Take care of your hearts during Lent

February 18, 2020

How is your heart? It is American Heart Month, and as United Methodists who understand the power of a “heart strangely warmed,” I invite you to look at your heart. How is it physically, emotionally and spiritually? I care about your hearts and offer this invitation to the clergy of the Great Plains ...


Gratitude leads up to season of change

January 28, 2020

Thank you for your courageous leadership. Thank you for your faithfulness in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Thank you for living out your call at such a time as this. I see you. I see you serving countless hours, ministering to, with, and on behalf of your mission fields. I see you ...


Clergy Faith & Wellness: a gift for you

December 11, 2019

It is December in a local church.   A parishioner was recently diagnosed with cancer.  A friend began in hospice care. A teacher was killed in a car accident, due to icy road conditions. There are 27 Christmas programs, worship services, or events to plan, attend, and manage. There are two weddings ...


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,...