(Few know the heart of a pastor. We hide our pain well. This happened a few years back and is for pastors everywhere.)
Today I was informed that a beloved family of this church will be leaving us. Not because they are moving but because they have lost a connection here and feel called to another congregation.
I picked up the phone and called because I had some things I wanted to say. I wanted them to know what an honor it has been to speak into their lives over these years and how grateful I am for their service here. I wanted to offer my blessing as they go, let them know they will be missed and let them know they need not hide if they ever run into me at a restaurant. I also offered to call their new pastor to say what an incredible family they are getting if that would ever be of help.
I was thanked for calling and so glad that I did so. When I hung up, I wiped the tears from my eyes, took a short walk to compose myself and went back to work.
That is what I do, I go back to work.
So you think people are just numbers?
They are not to this pastor…
-Rev. Shane L. Bishop has been the pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since 1997.