A few Saturdays ago, my wife and I were almost home when she saw a garage sale sign. She loves re-purposing furniture so we followed the signs. When we started looking at everything I noticed some seminary books for sale. I asked the man if he went to Bible school and he said yes.
He attended the same college as me (SAGU) and had worked in ministry for 8 years as a children’s pastor up north. I asked him if he went to a church in the area and he said, “No, I have not been to any church in several years.”
As this former pastor is telling me of his hurt from ministry and getting a divorce I notice something that made my heart grieve. He was selling his Bibles…
This former pastor is hurting. He is mad at the church and God. And he lives two streets from my house.
Friends, when a pastor quits like this, it is not just a minister changing his vocation. It has a ripple impact through generations. This man has remarried and now has a large blended family. Several of their children are in high school and chances are they haven’t been to church in years either and their perspective probably isn’t any healthier than his. When they marry and have children in the next several years, will they change their course?
This affects the pastor, their spouse, their children, their grandchildren and all of the people who would have experienced the gospel through this leader.
We must demand of ourselves that we are healthy spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. Your health in these areas impacts generations for good or worse. We have all read the stats on pastor burnout, failures and leaving the ministry but today that stat had a face and a name. Please pray for him and his family and that God will allow me opportunities to be his friend.
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