For the last several weeks I have been seeking out hurting and wounded pastors (Thus the previous posts: Click 1, Click 2, Click 3). In just a few weeks I have heard a number of pastors tell me their stories of heartbreak, disappointment, and difficulty while trying to shepherd God’s people faithfully. Along with these men I have talked with several Baptist Directors of Missions with each of them telling me about the churches under their care that have struggles and difficulties.
I’m of the opinion that there are many pastors and churches that are struggling. I believe the significance of these difficulties are hindering Kingdom work because pastors, staff, and churches are trying to function in unhealthy situations. But all of that is for another time, this blog is for different purpose.
If God allows, I will search out diligently pastors and other ministers who are wounded and hurting. Men and women who try to do their best to honor God in vocational ministry but find themselves under attack… struggling to be faithful… and feel like giving up. I want to find these faithful servants, come along side them, and encourage them in every way I can (2 Tim 1:16-17; 2 Cor 1:3-5). I’m calling what I am attempting Redemption Ministry.
Only other pastors know how difficult it is to be an undershepherd to God’s people (Paul’s hardest difficulty!). I want to go to my brothers in ministry who are hurting. I want to listen to their struggles and encourage them (Regardless of the reason for their struggle!). I want to come along side them… give them practical resources to help them… and walk with them through dark times into times of refreshing (If God so wills). I would like to be like this man was to Paul (2 Tim 1:16-17)…
May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, 17 but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me…
I’ve seen good and bad times… blessing and hardship… victories and failure. I have walked where most struggling minister are and can help them (God willing) to not give up hope. My personal prayer request is for God to make the connections for this ministry.
Suggestion: Encourage your pastor every chance you get because they are “keeping watch over your soul as those who will give an account” (Heb 13:17-b).