Perhaps it is good to keep in mind that the videos of her sermons are limited and it sounds like Keene is a church that isn’t too keen on its pastors as they seem come and go with an unhealthy frequency per a post I saw of one who attends there. Hence, it could well be the sermons we are able to see of the recent nature are actually expressing “background noise.” Lack of preparation due to distractions in the “workplace” definitely effects a persons preparation and even delivery. We can talk of preparation all we want, but if a pastor finds themselves in a congregation that has more of a washing machine agitation to it, the ability to prioritize is made very difficult.
I have pastored over 20 years. I would like to say all of my sermons were spot on and incredibly engaging. I would be lying. I have even had weeks in which my preparation was plenty adequate only to walk into the pulpit and the whole thing fall flat. Certainly spicing things up with stories are important, especially if a pastor can drawn them recently from their own experience. But if you are in conflict within your workplace, which it sounds as if that was indeed the case with this situation, emotional, mental and spiritual preparation in sermon development and delivery suffer. I have experienced those lulls and thankful to have worked through them as all pastors must do.
What I understand, too, is that she was very successful in the previous church she was at. Unfortunately this fit didn’t fit. Maybe the homework on learning about her style and personality was faulty, perhaps there was a rush to get a woman in Keene (we don’t know for sure), but it is apparent that some lines got crossed and the fit wasn’t ever achieved. Those can be very painful moments for a pastor’s life. It can lead to one reassessing their calling even after you have been confirmed in the Spirit for years. Pastor Jennifer hasn’t had it easy and I think it is important that she needs our sympathy and compassion as any child of God that are experiencing hard times. I wish her all the best and pray the church in Keene can coalesce into a congregation that doesn’t run pastors through a mill.