By Ray Van Neste
Dean and professor of Biblical studies for the School of Theology and Missions at Union University, Jackson.
One key way to be involved in the advance of the Kingdom of God is to pray for pastors. This is always the case, but it is even more significant at this time. As the last six months or so have disrupted life for all of us, they have created a host of challenges for pastors.
How do you continue to provide worship and preaching when you cannot meet together? How do you do that with a limited budget for technology or in places where internet connection is spotty or unavailable? How do you help people stay in contact? How do you care for shut-ins or the sick when you are not allowed to visit them or fear your visit might bring them harm? Then, how and when do you restart services, Sunday School, nursery and other functions? With what restrictions, procedures or requirements?
There have been a host of articles just in the recent few months on the rise of pastoral depression and burnout. As I have interacted with pastors across Tennessee, across the country and in South Africa and other countries, the common thread has been frustration and often very deep discouragement. [Read more…]