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Meg Peery McLaughlin

Use Weddings to Build Community | Worship

Tags: community, fidelity, pre-marital counseling, weddings

Confession: Sometimes I feel like a Rent-a-Pastor. The church I serve has a beautiful long aisle lined with clear windows that look great with candles nestled in the sills. Couples like to get married there, many of whom have rarely been in the sanctuary before and many of whom who will not return there again. More than a few times, I’ve sat with such couples as they ask me to tone down the “God” part of the wedding.


This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.

About Meg Peery McLaughlin

Rev. Meg Peery McLaughlin is Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care at Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kansas. She is married to the Rev. Jarrett McLaughlin, Associate for Mission and Young Adult Ministry at the same church. They both hail from North Carolina and graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.