Today’s morning news delivered a story about athletes and the stresses of the pandemic. Without races to run and games to play, how do we set goals and stay fit? The same is true with the spiritual life. As Advent and Christmas approach, how will this be a season that build communities, connects people, and helps us grow in faith when getting together will be challenging? I have some ideas.
Rev. Lloyd Nyarota is a pastor in Alberta, Canada. We met in Nigeria when he was living in Zimbabwe, and as United Methodists, we have shared a common bond and friendship that has been aided through social media and mutual relationships. I catch up with Lloyd and hear about the church as it lies beyond…
Rev. Dr. Laurence Hesser is the pastor of a mid-sized United Methodist church in rural Tennessee. His own quest to understand his congregation’s needs led him to quickly learn how to make quality video, and has seen his online numbers surpass his in-person worship numbers as a result.
Dr. Melissa Hofstetter of Shepherd Heart joins me today for a fascinating discussion of neuroscience, trauma, and pastoral self-care. As too many pastors live on the verge of burnout (or worse), this is an important discussion that begs close attention. I hope you’ll join us and find it helpful.
One of the gifts of the last few months is a virtual “happy hour” with clergy friends who live a couple of states away. Normally I see them once a year. Now, thanks to Zoom, we spend time with each other every Monday afternoon. I treasure this every single week.
I’m moving from one townhouse to another in the same neighborhood. It’s as much work as moving across the country! Things are changing all around us, and whenever we are going through a time of big change, is it possible to think that the small changes in life are often as difficult as the big…
A pastor in “Chicken and Timber” country, Jason is a single father of two, a homeschool teacher, and a pastor who serves a congregation that had 130 on Sunday (pre-COVID) to 1,000 online. Hear his story, his struggles, and his passion for solid production values.