Come join us Saturday, February 10, 2018
at First Baptist Church of Shelburn
in Shelburn, IN for our next Workshop!
There are many reasons sleep is good for the soul, but here’s an important one. Sleep forces a pastor to let go of the daily burdens and trust Jesus. When we desire to control our lives, it is hard to let go of that. All sleep does for the Christian is it reminds us we are truly not in control.
When we lie down to sleep we cannot escape that truth, even though we may have deceived ourselves all day about it. Pastors carry a tremendous amount of burden throughout the day. What a gift sleep can especially be for the pastor and his soul to relinquish those burdens to Jesus as we drift off to sleep.
I try to use my final moments before drifting off to sleep to say in my clear awareness of exhaustion this prayer to God:
God, I am reminded at this moment I am not God. I am only human. I need sleep. I can’t do anymore right now. But you are God. You don’t need sleep. You are all-powerful and everywhere. This moment is a gift as I get to sleep and let go of all these burdens I have carried for my people today. Help me to let go and give them over to you. Watch over me and my family tonight for you are a God that doesn’t sleep or slumber. May your mercies be new tomorrow. Thank you.
Pastors, sleep is a gift. Embrace it. Use it each night to unburden your soul and bring you some temporary relief. I assure you, there will be plenty for your soul to bear in the morning.
In light of the Sutherland Springs Texas church shooting, the question of safety and security at churches is front and center in the minds of conscientious pastors. What theological issues should inform our views on safety and security? Is it “spiritual” to think in terms of possessing a right to safety and security? How did Jesus address these issues with his disciples? Is there a biblical doctrine of self-preservation? Do concerns for safety at times limit our effectiveness in advancing the gospel? Practically, what measures should a pastor and church take to ensure the safety of the congregation? Listen as Brian Croft and Jim Savastio address these and many other related questions.
Listen to this podcast episode HERE
This is a complicated question, one that can hardly be answered in a quick yes or no. Before I attempt to answer that and provide some lessons that we’ve learned, a little background.
In the fall of 2013, I came to a three-year-old church plant in Southern Indiana as the Executive Pastor. Not long after, we were ready to send out two local church plants. We had no idea that number would be three.
In April 2015, a few circumstances were sovereignly brought together and the plans for a church plant in a downtown residential area were born. We saw the need and opportunity. We just needed a pastor/planter. After some research (because that’s what Executive Pastors do), prayer, and counsel, it was clear that I was going to be the pastor of this new work. The problem became the timeline. One church had already launched in April and the next was due in September. We set our launch date for October 2015.
This 5-year-old church plant in southern Indiana had planted three new congregations – and in August of 2017 they closed their doors.
It was emotional for the remaining members, for the pastor, and for the churches they were faithful to send out. So the question remains: Did we kill our church by planting so quickly and so close together? This has been diﬃcult for me to wrestle with over the past few months.
Honestly, I think the answer to the question is yes and no…
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