By Robert T. Henderson
Contemporary pastors are in difficulty, with breakdowns, abuse, confusion, and divorces attaining epidemic proportions. Robert T. Henderson keeps that there's a realm of non secular forces which attracts congregations towards loss of life. His resolution is to energise pastors with a biblical realizing of the church's redemptive participation in Jesus' victory over the cosmic powers. They develop into "a door of hope.".
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Extra resources for A Door of Hope: Spiritual Conflict in Pastoral Ministry
Andy was cerebral. Although athletic, he was shy, reflective, insightful, and analytical. He had twin majors in philosophy and history. He had taught high school for two years before seminary. In their final seminary year, they prayed together about where they might be going and which churches would call them. They shared their anxieties, joked together, and had a sense of expectancy. Ben was called to be associate pastor in a ''tall steeple" (large and prosperous) church in a distant city. He married his high school sweetheart and was immediately swept into the heart of the congregation.
That was my moment of truth. Could I even trust God there? Could I find guidance and principle in Scripture to help me know what God's purpose was for such an apparently God-forsaken place? Today I place high value on those nine years. Two things were God's provision for me. At a formative Bible conference, I had been taught and mentored concerning the spiritual conflict which involves all Christians. Without that preparation, I doubt that I would have survived. I also was ten minutes from a major divinity school and its library, where I could probe and study the subject.
It seemed so good and right at the beginningan act of faith and devotion, a divine call, the affirmation of Christian friends. Now something seems so wrong. If they turn back from pastoring, they raise doubts about themselves, God, and the church; they incur the misunderstanding and shaking heads of family and friends. What has happened? What giant waterbug has dissolved one's insides and filled one with frustration, doubt, despair, hopelessness? Does God abandon congregations? Does God abandon pastors?
A Door of Hope: Spiritual Conflict in Pastoral Ministry by Robert T. Henderson