Theology matters; pastors and chaplains with robust appreciation for theology are well-positioned to engage.
Given that local relationships will drive much of the local response, the following examples help address a couple of immediate needs faced by clergy and congregational members: church Coronavirus communication and communicating with vulnerable populations with proactive hospitality.
If you have been a leader for very long, you have heard the question, "Why do we need to change?” In 1967, British Prime…
“There is still a stigma about dealing with mental illness publicly. Shame and stigma keep us from dealing with mental or emotional brokenness.”
“When Christ is squeezed from the Body of Christ by our own priorities and agenda as a congregation or through our busyness as leaders or disciples, what is left is little more than a corpse masquerading as a church.”
“Some of the gestures clergy have pointed out as most meaningful also reflect the particular challenges they face.”
“It wasn’t until I came to the U.S. as an immigrant that I was given this label or identity of being a Hispanic.”
When change “just happens,” it never happens to move the organization’s goals forward.
What’s happening here? Elijah experienced a huge letdown. Even more, he experienced it in the midst of being faithful. He was wondering what he did wrong and if he was the person that he thought he was, if he was the right person for the job. Perhaps he thought to himself, “I did something wrong; it is my fault,” or, “I have been let down by God.”
“There is a holy reckoning unfolding before us in the church.”