Letter from Pastor Jon | The Glorious Burden
The Glorious Burden
Pastoral ministry is a glorious burden. It possesses a joyful weightiness that only pastors (and their families) truly understand. It must be carried out in the strength and energy of Christ if the pastor desires ministerial longevity (c.f. Col. 1:28-29). He also must have seasons of rest.
After an extremely busy period of ministry, the apostles reported to Jesus “all that they had done and taught.” Jesus responded by saying, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while” (Mk 6:30–32). Jesus commanded them to rest. He knew what they needed most in that moment— time away to unwind and recharge their batteries.
The last few months have, without a doubt, been the busiest of my life. The combination of Pastor Ross’s transition, officer training, the multifaceted building program, the launch of new CCP ministry endeavors, the assistant pastor search, denominational and presbytery responsibilities, the recruitment and training of new administrative staff, and the regular ministry of shepherding, teaching, writing, and preaching have kept pressures high and my head on a metaphorical swivel. Your prayers and constant encouragement have buoyed me up. Thank you so much. It means the world.
My family is taking an extended time away on holiday in June. We haven’t had vacation since late last year, and it’s long overdue. I wanted you to be aware of this so that you wouldn’t worry about our absence, and so that you would commit to pray for us. Please pray that our time away from Charleston will be renewing in the Lord. Pray that our time as a family would be refreshing, recharging, and encouraging. Pray that the Holy Spirit would prepare me and my family for the second half of 2019, and for a new and exciting season in the life of a congregation that I dearly love.
In my absence the Christ Church pulpit will be filled with high quality preaching from Rev. Alex Mark, First Scots PCA, Beaufort, SC; Rev. Dr. Gabriel Fluhrer, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian, Columbia, SC: Rev. Dr. Guy Richard, President and Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA; and Rev. Dr. Joseph Pipa, President and Professor at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Greenville, SC. I have no doubt that you will be deeply blessed as these trusted friends and fellow ministers proclaim the gospel in word and sacrament. Moreover, any immediate shepherding needs may be directed towards Rev. Robert Berry (Director of Shepherding Care), and Ruling Elder Keith Hester.
It’s an honor and privilege to serve as your pastor. Thank you for loving me and my family so well. You make the glorious burden of pastoral ministry a true joy.
Your Pastor, Servant, and Friend,