Sometimes you just need to share a reflection with the world. A recent memorial service was one of those times.
This has been a tough week. I’ve been a pastor for 18 years, and in that time I’ve dealt with a lot of death. It kinda comes with the calling. This week has been different.
I do a lot of my pastoral check ups via various messaging apps. There are times when I feel guilty about that, but today is not one of those times.
When I was called to the pastorate I felt I was prepared for a number of tasks and roles a pastor was expected to fill. What I was not prepared for was the deep sense of loss pastors inevitably feel.
More and more it seems like gigs like weddings and funerals is all there is left in this society for clergy to do. I find that sad.
I hear the idea all the time. The reason why churches ramp up the production values of worship to rival a great theatre or concert is because “that’s what young…