Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky 2020-10-18 07:31:55 –
ROBIN CORNETET, Kentucky Today
Louisville (KT) – The minister needs, perhaps more than ever in modern memory, the encouragement to stick to their ministry call and remain loyal, Dan Summerlin. Says.
As President of the Kentucky Baptist Pastor’s Conference, Paducah hopes that the encouragement will be exactly what fellow pastors will find when they meet in Owensboro next month.
“Our goal this year is to encourage and strengthen the pastor,” said Summerlin, chief pastor of the Lone Oak First Baptist Church. “I have witnessed many ministers wanting to quit, morally failing, or suffering from burnout. I pray to pastors who want to quit tiredly. To be faithful, he I hope that will be updated and refreshed within the ministry. “
Pastors are also humans, and inevitable stress can be exhausted or even debilitating when something like COVID-19 disrupts their comfort routines and carefully planned plans.
A month after the blockade of the pandemic, LifeWay Christian Research reported that 94% of the Protestant ministers surveyed felt “under pressure.” Approximately one in four said they were worried about their finances, but a few said they would offer pastoral care from a distance or take on new challenges in connecting with members using technology. He said he was worried about the method.
In a nutshell, the ministers were overwhelmed, and many are still. They are amazed at the ongoing slate of decisions that need to be made while knowing that their choices will never satisfy all needs, desires, or squeezed opinions.
“All decisions made, regardless of the decision, have been criticized by parts of the Church,” Summerlin said. “If the pastor pays attention to COVID-19 and mentions the mask, he is considered to have no faith, but if the pastor does not mention the mask or takes precautions, He is considered unloving and uncaring. “
Summerlin quoted another example of adding to the pastor’s stress level. Many are learning how to preach to an empty room, usually without the feedback they receive from the people in their seats. Many are preaching multiple services for the first time and are learning to serve without being directly there. Many years of work in the church have been revoked, and church members are mourning. Link this with family problems, economic problems, and unstable political conditions. 2020 was a difficult season for churches and pastors.
But even before COVID became the term the world uses to cover this season’s self-quarantine and total daily deaths, Summerlin said the idyllic profession was facing its own crisis. .. “I saw pastors quitting, making moral mistakes in marriage, and suffering from burnout. Anyone helping local pastors tackle these issues. It doesn’t seem to be, “he said. “I realized that the timing of this theme is really providential.”
At the Pastor’s Conference, Summerlin said that Rev. Baptist of Kentucky said, “Four important areas in which we should be loyal: our master, our mental health, our marriage, And through a devout man who works on our service, “he said.
The conference program will begin on November 9th with Willy McLaughlin, Vice President of Great Commission and Mobilization of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. He talks about the topic of staying “faithful to the master.”
Following McLaughlin is Tony Rose, a former Lagrange Baptist minister. Tony Rose founded Tony Rose Relational Leadership, a ministry designed to help church leaders stay healthy in their souls, relationships, and leadership. He talks about his loyalty to mental health.
Helschael York, Dean of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological School, begins the evening part of the meeting by discussing the topic of marriage fidelity. He is also a pastor of the Backran Baptist Church in Frankfort.
The “faithful” conference concludes with Michael Cat, the senior pastor of the Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, talking about staying loyal to the ministry. Cat is the author of several books, including: upgrade, Courageous life,and Fireproof your life..He was also the executive producer of Sherwood Pictures films Flywheel, In the face of the giant, Fireproof,and Courageous.
The 2022 pastoral presidential election will take place around 3:20 pm (CDT). Kylenov Singer, a pastor of the Southside Baptist Church in Princeton, is the only candidate. John Lucas, a pastor of the First Baptist Church in Pikeville, is the current President-elect and will preside over the 2021 Kentucky Baptist Pastor’s Conference in Elizabeth Town.
Summerlin said attendees of next month’s conference must comply with health and safety guidelines set by the organizers, the Bellevue Baptist Church, the City of Owensboro, and the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
“We need to have a social distance in service, check the temperature before entering, and wear a mask when people move around,” he said. “Thanks to COVID-19, we don’t give out books or receive offerings like we used to.”
For more information on the Kentucky Baptist Pastor’s Conference and speakers, please visit www.kybaptist.org/pastorsconference.