It’s been a rough week for pastors.
Thursday, Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle sent out a call to pray for Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Texas. Chandler suffered a seizure Thursday morning while at home; he hit his head when he suffered the seizure and was taken to the hospital by ambulance where doctors ran several tests. Thursday afternoon, he posted the following on Twitter:
Thanks for all the prayers…I have a small mass in my frontal lobe…[date] with the neurosurgeon early next week…I am His and confident.
Saturday night, Pastor Scott Thomas of the Acts 29 network sent out the following on Twitter:
My dear friend and Acts 29 planter Thomas Young tragically died last night. Hurting for his family and church.
The Sanctuary Fellowship, Pastor Young’s church, released at statement on their website:
As many of you reading this already know, last night Pastor Thomas was called to go home to be with his heavenly father. Erin and the children are physically ok and we ask that you fervently lift them up in prayer and surround them with love from our church family. We are grieved in this whole process. Many leaders from the Sanctuary Fellowship have been working hard since late Friday to minister to Erin and the children. Pastors and churches from across the country are calling, sending people to minister, and offering every kind of help possible. We are eternally grateful and count our Father faithful for all of it.
His last tweet:
God: He is so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in His immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in His infinity!
The pastors and leaders of a small Chinese house church were unjustly imprisoned this week, according to the Examiner.com.
In the article, China Aid President Bob Fu is quoted, saying:
“To punish an innocent house church leader for 7 years imprisonment is the most serious sentence since 2004 when the senior Henan house church leader pastor Zhang Rongliang received a similar length.” He added that, “We strongly condemn these unjust sentences, which are based on trumpeted charges. This case clearly shows the serious deteriorating situation of religious persecution in China. We call upon the Obama administration and international community to speak up unequivocally its concern about this case.”
And these are just the stories I’ve come across.
Please be in prayer for your pastor—and all pastors—today. Their calling is hard and too often thankless.
They and their families all need our support.
The regular Sunday Round-up resumes next week.