If we are guided by Scripture, the content of our preaching will always have aspects of the pastoral and the prophetic.
Jesus saw them. He sent them. They were still part of his team, his flock, his people. Their doubts did not exclude them from the mission.
Knowing that your preaching is limited in possible impact, don’t see proclamation as your primary witness.
Before this pandemic, there were pastors who felt the call to preach but not the call to reach. Visits to members can feel intimidating.
Whether you are worn out or burned out, you owe it to yourself and your sense of call to find a place of prayer, then shake the gates of heaven asking for the Holy Spirit to come and fill you, or fill you again.
You and I have fished in those same waters, haven’t we? When we put everything into a marriage to make it wonderful, but in the end, our net came back empty. When we invested blood, sweat, and time into a job, but the company downsized and our net came back empty. Our moment of “fishing” happens when we are trying our best to make a living, raise a family, and do good. But just like the disciples, our nets come back empty.
Theology matters; pastors and chaplains with robust appreciation for theology are well-positioned to engage.
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“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.”