This morning I had a text at 7am. A pastor I counsel needed to talk. To say the least 2020 was a hard year for him. By 8am we were talking, as we have many times. He’s really a great guy, and I did my best to encourage him. What I came to understand over and over is that 2020 was tough for so many pastors and so many good ministries. Being a Christian leader, as well as being a pastor, is not for the faint of heart. That’s why I would say to anyone, “You had better be as doggone sure as you can be that this is what you are called to do before embarking on it.”
Christian journalist Julie Roys just released what she considers some of the top religion stories in the United States for 2020. Sad to say, I largely agree with her, though it is very sobering to me and brings me no joy to have read and thought about these stories over the course of 2020. Click on the link and you can read and judge for yourself.
Sometimes I just let out a big breath and say, “Boy O boy O boy.”
One of the key questions I find myself asking nearly every week is this: “How can I help pastors finish well? There are times I wonder if it’s even possible. I know it is, but finishing well is so tough.
As you can tell by looking at some of these top religion stories for 2020, there are no promises. Again, I believe it’s possible to finish well, but it is not easy.
I only know to keep praying for the many pastors I serve, usually praying the prayer the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.