Shepherd’s Care: Introduction

For more than 20 years, Jeannie and I have been involved in “ministry to ministers.”  For a season, we actually ran a ministry called “Shepherd’s Care.”  But even when that ministry ended, we have continued to feel God’s call to encourage clergy and their families, and to assist them in spiritual formation appropriate for the vocation of ordained/professional ministry.  We also believe that laity are called to come alongside their pastors to provide intentional caregiving.

Each Wednesday, I will post materials related to the wellbeing of clergy and their families.  If you are a clergyperson, I hope these weekly meditations will be one source of encouragement for you.  If you are a layperson, I hope they may help you see the need for, and develop a plan for, a caregiving ministry to your pastors.

Henri Nouwen observed that there are too many “lonely ministers practicing lonely ministry.”  This should not be so.  But even after 20+ years in the work of clergy care, I find it to be the case.  We will meet here each week to explore both the reality of the problem and ways to live through it.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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