Pastors are charged with shepherding, teaching, and tending to the needs of church members. Often pastors put the congregation’s needs ahead of their own needs. When a pastor’s family is impacted by disability, the family’s needs can significantly impact his life and ministry.
Disability can have surprising results on a pastor. Often it prompts a renewed vision for loving and enfolding into the congregation all who have unique differences. But disability usually has plenty of challenges. The family’s time, energy, and resources are stretched while they navigate surgeries, therapies, misunderstandings, and new normals.
How can pastors best share their families’ unique needs with their congregations? How may they develop a new or greater willingness to let their congregations love and serve their families instead of always being the ones to serve others?
How can congregations understand the complex and intense needs of the pastor’s family that are brought on by disability? How might they better encourage, buoy, and love the pastor’s entire family?
This webcast will feature pastors of various ages and stages of life who have children with disabilities. In this curated but honest discussion, we will cover questions that congregation members often have when seeking to love and care for a pastor’s family that is impacted by disability.