Thaleia Sawatzky & Kendra Gerbrandt - August 5, 2019

#5: Be Okay With Uncomfortable: Ministering to the Ageing & Dying ft. Thaleia Sawatzky & Kendra Gerbrandt

BCMB Pastor to Pastor Podcast

Ministering to the ageing and dying in your church is good and important work. Yes, we have sermons to prepare and people to lead, but we cannot forget those members of our congregations who are suffering or walking through difficult new seasons in their lives. How can the “Church” care for those in need? Does it always need to be the pastor? And, how does it look different in big vs. small churches? On today’s episode, we’re joined once again by Northview Community Church’s Pastor of Care, Thaleia Sawatzky, and Ministry Intern, Kendra Gerbrandt. Kendra brings a unique perspective to this topic as a registered nurse specializing in tertiary palliative care. Her insights into prayer for non-believers and their families and the amazing lessons we can learn from the ageing and dying will encourage and equip you for this important work. Together, we’ll explore: How to be okay with being uncomfortable The hidden grief of transitions How to do a hospital or care home visit – what to do and what not to do, what to say, and questions you can ask How to minister to people whose loved ones have dementia And more We pray that this episode will help you do your ministry more effectively, courageously, humbly, and more dependent on His Spirit. Resources mentioned in this episode: Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering – Tim Keller When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One – David & Nancy Guthrie Suffering and the Goodness of God – Edited by Christopher W. Morgan & Robert A. Peterson GriefShare seminars and support groups careleader.org

From Podcast: "BCMB Pastor to Pastor Podcast"

As a pastor or ministry leader, you have a high calling. And yet, the expectations of your role and the unique challenges you face in ministry can wear you down and wipe you out. How can you lead effectively and courageously to carry out what God has called you to do? Let’s chat, pastor to pastor. Join Conference Minister, Rob Thiessen, as he explores the unique challenges of ministry with local pastors, scholars, experts, and other special guests from within the Mennonite Brethren community. Brought to you by the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (BCMB), the Pastor to Pastor Podcast will explore how to maintain healthy boundaries, how to dig into conflict and uncomfortable moments in ministry, and grapple with other issues in our world today. The local church has been entrusted with the good news of Jesus Christ, so let’s encourage and equip one another to be faithful and effective in our leadership.

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