#55: On ministerial worthiness and weirdness with Jordan Moody.

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I know I am not alone in admitting that this pandemic has led to more than a few sleepless nights. The restlessness which has been instigated by the uncertain days ahead is exacerbated in pastoral ministry with the added awareness that those to whom you’ve been called to shepherd are likely processing similar feelings. I can testify to feeling entirely unworthy at times of the errand with which I have been commissioned by God to proclaim and uphold, namely, the care and oversight of souls in the truth of the gospel. But such is why I am thankful for fellow pastors like Jordan Moody who are dealing with similar feelings and problems and issues in similar ways.

How do you maintain your ministerial reach while also avoiding the mire of pragmatism? How does a pastor effectively communicate his heart through a screen? How does a pastor minister to people in an era of quarantine and “social distancing”? These and several other questions serve as the topic of conversation in this edition of the Ministry Minded podcast, in which I have the privilege of talking with returning guest Pastor Jordan Moody about the worthiness and weirdness of pastoral ministry in the middle of a pandemic.

Resources.

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World, John Mark Comer 

The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus, Zack Eswine 

Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples, Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger 

Bonhoeffer Convinced Me to Abandon My Dream,” Chase Replogle, Christianity Today

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray

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Notes.

Jordan is the lead pastor and teaching elder at Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife and two kids. He is a preacher devoted to the truth of God’s gospel. Jordan holds a Master’s of Theology degree from Liberty University. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram by following @jordantmoody.

Credits.

Ad music: “Coffee Stains” by Finley, licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.