Women clergy balance demands of pulpit and parenting

“Minister moms split between pulpit, potty training” © 2011 Religion News Service. Used by permission. May 4, 2011

Every now and then, the Rev. Amy Butler will find herself having to do a little simultaneous parenting and preaching from her pulpit at Calvary Baptist Church in downtown Washington.

“My daughter, in particular, knows the look,” said Butler, whose teenage children sit—and occasionally chat—with their friends in the balcony. “And if I’m up front leading worship, I can see everything . . . so if I need to shoot a look, I do.

“And they know exactly what that means.”

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