As many of you know, Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, CO, is our church home. My wife, Deb, has been on staff there for over 20 years, and before joining the team at PastorServe it's where I served as one of the staff pastors. We attend the Woodmen Heights Campus. It's affectionately known as "The Heights."
Recently, I had an opportunity to lead/facilitate a mini-retreat for the pastor and staff of The Heights. The topic was Soul Care. It's such an important topic today for pastors and staff members. Ministry has always had its challenges, but the challenges that pastors and staff members currently face are taking a greater toll on these individuals in a variety of ways. Some feel more discouraged than ever before. Some feel burned out. More pastors and leaders are questioning their call. Many are walking away from vocational ministry. Further, while many pastors and staff members continue to do impactful work, they’re often left feeling conflicted because their souls are not healthy. Thus, it’s vitally important that pastors and leaders engage with healthy rhythms on a regular basis to ensure they’re serving and ministering from a place of health. I know this all too well, and I've got to fight for this in my own life on a regular basis.
Perhaps what was most meaningful for me in leading this time for the leaders at The Heights was that this was my ministry to them. I didn't charge a fee for this service. I simply wanted to serve them and bless them as they serve countless others on a regular basis.
Please know it's your ongoing support that allows me to do this type of pro bono work periodically for pastors and staff members. Thus, on this eve before Thanksgiving I wanted to pause and say, Thank you! You helped make it possible for me to invest my time in serving the leaders at our church! Truly, I'm very grateful for your faithful support.
Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to you and your family!