I’d considered a series on the blog, on how different pastors are responding to the crisis, and the creative solutions they have come up with. But the more I thought, read, and listened, the more I thought that actually, there are some core lessons we are all learning.
I was chatting to a younger minister, a few years out of seminary, but still getting the hang of things. He was also getting tired, and especially tired in the area of preaching. I don’t mean he was becoming bored or disillusioned. It’s just that he’d been hanging around a bunch of people (myself included)
At the back of our church was a small, rather drab, bookcase. It was used to store songbooks, and Bibles. But we had bought a larger new one, and we were going to redecorate, so we wondered about chucking it out. The brakes went on. Because fixed to the top of the bookcase was a