By Robert T. Henderson
Modern day pastors are in trouble, with breakdowns, abuse, confusion, and divorces achieving epidemic proportions. Robert T. Henderson continues that there's a realm of non secular forces which pulls congregations towards demise. His resolution is to energise pastors with a biblical knowing of the church's redemptive participation in Jesus' victory over the cosmic powers. They develop into "a door of hope.".
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Extra info for A Door of Hope: Spiritual Conflict in Pastoral Ministry
In my career I have been in contact with a range of church traditions. In all of them I find the spiritual warfare this book addresses. Because of my interest, study, and experience, I am in conversation with many pastors from several denominational traditions who feed me data as well as heartbreak. Therefore, I do not write in a vacuum. I also write with passion to bring instruction and encouragement to faithful and despairing brothers and sis- Page 12 ters in difficult pastoral assignments. Most of all, when God's name is on a church, God's honor and glory are at stake.
She chose the battlefield and the moment of attack. The setting was a mellow Sunday afternoon in a well-appointed and mustysmelling church parlor during a regular meeting of the leadership council. The session opened with prayer and initial amenities. She began a forty-five minute, nonstop diatribe against me. The council and the senior pastor sat stunned, embarrassed, and confused as this prominent person accused me of being some sinister instrument of error in their midst, a "liberal," the worst thing to happen in that church.
As North America wrestles with secularism and as cultural violence becomes more apparent, it may be increasingly difficult and even perilous to be a pastor with kingdom integrity. The ideologies of the dominant social order are vigorous and well rooted. More and more they possess the church. What energizes these aims of self-fulfillment, greed, market capitalism, its companions of consumerism and materialism, its nationalism, and its ethnic and gender isms? What is the spiritual reality of these expressions?