What’s your plan, pastor?

What’s your plan, pastor?

As some of the COVID restrictions fall away, what’s your plan for ministering to your flock? Have you learned some things about ministry over the past year? Have you been reminded of important things you had been overlooking?

Did you have a sudden realization that there are aged, infirm, and other homebound people among your flock? Did you notice that the usual methods of communication weren’t reaching all of your people?

Perhaps you received a wake-up call. Maybe some problem was amplified in a way that you finally had to deal with it—or at least recognize its existence.

What’s your plan, pastor?

Will you fall into your old habits? If those are good spiritual practices, that’s great! But will you find new ways (or renew the older ways) of staying in touch with the people of your congregation? Will you reach out to those who are alone and can’t attend your services?

Are you ready to pastor a congregation with fewer people, giving fewer dollars, attending fewer activities? Are you ready to engage in Biblical preaching, sound teaching, and meaningful pastoral care in a greater degree than ever before?

What will be different in a good way? What will be different that will be hard to accept?

What’s your plan, pastor?

This article is part 2 of 2 in the series Small Church Ministry.
Walking Through Twilight

Ministering to a spouse with aphasia

In the latest episode of the “Mortification of Spin” podcast, the hosts interview Dr. Douglas Groothuis about his book Walking through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness, A Philosopher’s Lament. Dr. Groothuis’ wife Becky suffers from primary progressive aphasia, a condition that affects the ability to speak, read, and write. It can also affect understanding and memory.

During the interview, Dr. Groothuis speaks about the changes he and his wife have been undergoing. He addresses how his faith impacts his care for Becky and how Christians can provide support to families with this type of illness. I found Dr. Groothuis’ remarks helpful, and I look forward to reading this book soon so I can understand how to provide pastoral care for individuals and families experiencing the difficulty of this illness.

Groothuis reflects on his role as his wife’s primary caregiver. He shares with us his personal suffering and life’s dynamics in light of her illness, the ministry of the body of Christ, and how God is glorified through it all

Source: Mortification of Spin – Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals