Solidarity

The following simply spoke to me and was compelled to retype it. The life of a pastor is tough and, if it wasn’t for God’s calling, I probably would have peace’d out a long time ago.

I guess this is my way of thanking everyone who’ve supported my family and me all these years. Your prayers and presence mean so much more than you know.

“As a pastor, not a week goes by where I don’t mourn the absence of people who were once present in the life of my congregation. That continual mourning of people who left the church I serve is something I never really know how to process, except with a slow and steady heart-ache.

I know pastors aren’t supposed to talk about these things, but that seems ridiculous to me. In ministry, you open your heart to people, to be perpetually rejected. That’s part of the calling. I don’t think I really understood how that would impact me in the long haul.

I’m certainly not facing a cross or even any real form of persecution. However, there are Sundays when I look out upon the congregation and see that once again, that couple or that person is no longer there and my heart breaks knowing they are gone and I was not enough.

I understand that ministry is not just about me. But I make it a point to open my heart to every person that comes into our congregations. I try to accept their lives and their journeys. When they leave, a part of my heart goes with them.

I guess I’m writing this because I want to and because I need people to know that many, many pastors have not chosen their calling for some need for power or influence. They are simply trying to be faithful to God. The cost of that effort can be consistent relational pain.

And yes, there is joy and goodness and beauty in the ministry. And yes, I am thankful for my calling. However, I need to share the sorrows as well. Thanks for listening. I appreciate each of you and respect your journey.”

– Doug Bursch

Thanks, Doug, for your honesty!!’

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Due Diligence

The search for our church’s new youth pastor took nearly 6 months. Our team did its due diligence in searching for the right candidate for the job. We interviewed four people, we prayed, we conducted background checks, and we weighed out our options. Our church believes in the next generation and our church leadership wanted to ensure that the right person for the job was in place.

In other words, we wanted to cover all of our basis for the betterment of our future generations.

Any kind of new hire or appointed individual for any business or organization, both for profit and non-profit, would go through the same rigors of vetting potential candidates. Given these realities, there shouldn’t be any complaints about the further investigation into the allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh committed sexually inappropriate actions toward Christine Blasey Ford.

In fact, we shouldn’t expect anything less.

If Kavanaugh truly is innocent, then the investigation will only solidify his nomination and we can proceed toward his confirmation. But we can not take lightly Ford’s cry. We can not simply write her off just because the timing of her accusations are decades late. We can not silence her claims just because she seems like a leftist loud mouth, as many right wing conservatives are claiming.

And, to throw the Christian perspective into the equation, those who follow Jesus should desire the truth to come out. We shouldn’t relent until justice is found. As followers of Jesus, we shouldn’t simply call foul against Ford just because the SCOTUS nominee is a “conservative”.

The majority of my fellow Evangelical Christians have raised their voices against the process, claiming a feminist/liberal agenda. It’s ironic because those same brothers and sisters have also rallied against Hollywood programming because of the likes of Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, and Harvey Weinstein. Yet, because Kavanaugh was nominated by Number 45, many of my fellow conservative Republicans are outraged by the call for due diligence.

Jesus wasn’t liberal or conservative nor was He a Republican or a Democratic. Jesus was for the innocent. He was for the poor and the rejected. Jesus was a voice for the unheard.

And, as followers of Jesus, we should follow in His footsteps toward releasing folks into freedom. Jesus was for people and so should we.