Being a ministry leader can be an isolating job. Explore ways to find and give support.
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Guest: Rev. Jeff Cloeter is an author and a parish pastor in St. Louis, Missouri. He’s a sixth-generation pastor whose ministry has also included camps, youth ministry, and church planting.
Introduction: Being a ministry leader can be an isolating job. Explore ways to find and give support.
- Those in ministry cannot do the job alone
- Difficult to admit the need for help
- Stress, the world
- The devil is busy attacking
- Human and sinful self
- Need to provide structure and grace and help for those struggling
- Where to find support?
- Peers, friends, brotherhood
- One’s elders, older and wiser
- Professional services, counselors
- Ecclesiastical support/resources in your church body, congregation
- What if you need support but can’t ask for it?
- If you feel you can’t ask for help, then you must!
- Vulnerability and humility are required for pastoral leadership
- Choose your support route, depending on your circumstances
- Why is isolation so prevalent?
- Hero narrative
- Nature of congregational life
- Nature of bearing grief and the swath of misery in our world
- How to support those in ministry outside of your congregation?
- Be patient; take the time and work at it—build the network
- Review the spheres of support—who could they reach out to?
- How to get started?
- The “red phone” list—who are your emergency contacts (outside of your spouse)?
- Make the call!