The May/June 9 marks e-journal just came out on the need for pastors to be working together with other local churches and pastors outside their own. I was asked to write an article for it on our pastoral fellowship we started here in Louisville 2 years ago that now has between 50-60 pastors involved. Here is the introduction of that article:
Discouragement seems to be an epidemic among pastors today. This stems from many factors, one of the most common of which is loneliness. Pastors are notorious for isolating themselves in their churches and ministries. As a result, they are continually tempted to think they are the only ones who face the pressures and demands of the ministry.
The antidote to much of this discouragement can be found in deliberate and purposeful fellowship with other pastors. Not just any pastors, but likeminded pastors. Fostering this kind of fellowship was our aim when a pastor friend and I started a pastoral fellowship about two years ago, which we now call the Pastoral Fellowship for Practical Theology. In this article I will explain how we started this fellowship, who we intend to bring together, what we hope to accomplish, what our meetings consist of, and what fruit we’ve seen so far.
I would also love to hear from pastors (comments section) who have started something similar where you live and minister. How is it going? What fruit have you seen from it?