Episode 06—Social Media and Pastoral Burnout

by Hans on September 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

Dale and I are working on tweaking the podcast to have more specific segments and a more specific posting date. Current plan is to record Tuesday night and post sometime Wednesday (Dale is the editor/poster guy). Our segments in this episode are “In the News”—where we talk about some recent happening that may or may not be serious—and “Pastor’s Corner”—where we talk about something recent ministry happening that may or may not be serious.

In this episode:

  • We marvel at Twitter’s new rules on character counts in Tweets (sorry if you don’t know what that means).
  • We talk about Christians using/not using social media for ministry impact.
  • We address pastoral burnout and what I (Hans) believe pastors can learn from non-ministry workers about doing your job.
  • Dale talks about a time he threw a box into a TV.

Also, for those of you who get bored with podcasts (or don’t listen), I promise that I will still write real blog posts. We’re just trying to get in a recording/posting rhythm.

Podcast Episode 05—Work Life Balance?

by Hans on September 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Dale and I are attempting to find our voice in this here podcast. We are certainly not experts, but we enjoy learning. I feel like we are going to hit our stride somewhere around 2025.

At the end of last week Dale and I got together to talk about the dreaded work/life balance. I don’t think we see eye-to-eye on it—but we are pretty close. (For the record, Dale is one of the hardest workers I know.) We hope you enjoy it.

If any of you would be willing, could you post in the comments topics you’d like us to regularly discuss or specific themes you think we should address?

Podcast Episode 04—Family Devos

by Hans on September 13, 2016 in Discipleship, Family

Last week Dale and I spent some time recording this podcast around how we try and lead our families in the hilarity of family devotionals. Two young dads making fools of ourselves and creating memories for our children that we are unsure they will look back on fondly or suppress. As of right now, I think I’d choose suppress. 🙂

If you are counting then you realize that I didn’t post Episode 03. That one is right here, where we tried to talk about religious liberty and modest bathing suits (Burkinis, specifically).

What’s With Quiet Times?

by Hans on September 12, 2016 in Discipleship, Discipline

Evangelical Christians teach the “Quiet Time” as an essential element to their faith. What is it, you ask? Well, it is a daily, intentional time to get away in quiet with God—read the Bible, pray, and meditate. Why should we do it? Simple, Mark 1:35 reads, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Thus, because of Mark 1:35, Jesus has a daily quiet time.

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Last night I tweeted out my thought that saying “Jesus had a quiet time” is anachronistic. Now, lest the boo birds come out to get me, I wanted to take a moment and better explain my reasoning. 

Podcast Episode 02: Flood Edition

by Hans on August 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

After getting home from sending teams out and about, Dale was kind enough to let me blabber about what’s been going on in Louisiana. It is just one person’s perspective and one church’s work, but we want people to know what it’s like from that perspective and that church.

Last week, Dale talked a lot. This week, it was my turn. It was a bit cathartic to talk about these things. Perhaps it will be for you to hear them.

Also, I got the year wrong for Louisiana’s flood. I said mid to lat 80s. It was 1983. Forgive me, I was confused and probably a little tired.

Helping People Pick Up The Pieces

by Hans on August 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

In 2005 South Louisiana faced Hurricane Katrina. For Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, reports are the damage here is significantly worse than that. In 2005 our church helped out by serving the work crews who were using LSU as a relief center—serving the servants, if you will.

Now, the people who we’d usually be sending out to help are themselves trying to get their homes back together.

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I wanted to take a few moments (not many—families to help) and try and share what’s going on from the lens of a pastor in Baton Rouge.

These are snippets of text messages and emails I’ve received.

–They have been waiting for an adjuster to come They’ve given up and just started doing the demo. Everyone is confused about what to do and now it’s just the two of them.

–It’s an 84 year old lady who got 4′. I’m there right now with her daughter and son in law doing some heavy lifting but I have other stops to make. Any help would be great, they don’t have to finish the whole unloading/gutting job. . . . No flood insurance.

–Son . . . lost everything in the flood and could used some demo help if possible.

–I’m at my neighbor’s house . . . and we are in dire need of assistance they are flooded and we need help.

–We need clothes for her daughter Lucy size 2T/3T and size 5 diapers . Her husband may need essential clothes and shoes. Their home was not considered a flood zone so they have no flood insurance.

–I have 2ft of water in my house. Will need help with clean up. Will need cleaning supplies. Will take any replacement items such as furniture or clothing for my husband and I.

–Clean up and gut house from flood ASAP.

–We need to demo the entire downstairs of our home. My husband is there now trying to rip stuff out. I am 6 1/2 months pregnant so I am trying to stay away until it is safe.

–Parents have total loss for their home.

These are just a small amount of needs that have come at me and others from different sources. From our church alone, there are over twenty-five people who have flooded. When you include all of the people who people at our church know, that list gets almost unthinkable. People’s parents, friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and many others are affected. We are still in demolition/air out mode on a lot of houses but needs keep coming in.

As a church, we are housing Red Cross workers who are working throughout Baton Rouge. Yesterday morning we sent out over 100 folks from our different ministries to thirteen different sites for demo. This morning we had a smaller crew and went out to about ten sites for more demo. As the water recedes many people have to get back to work it gets harder to send folks out. So as the demand for help rises, the supply of help decreases. At the same time, new needs arise and people who were helping in one place are now getting pulled in another. Keeping up is difficult.

It’s hard to say to people, “We don’t have people right now, but we sure are trying.”

Yesterday I heard on Red Cross worker say, “I’m headed to this part of town.” The other worker replied with, “We aren’t in that part of town anymore.” Things change moment to moment.

For those wanting info:

  • Our website will still be the best portal for communicating needs. If you are out of town, we will gladly take your money (no joke). There are immediate needs and long term needs. Though we can’t help thousands and thousands, we are small and we try to be agile.
  • We are sending out teams as soon as we get them, with 9am meetings each mornings and 5:30pm meetings to send out who is able.
  • Many are just heading out and helping wherever they can. Keep doing it if you can.

I told our team leaders who are out and about that, though they feel the stress and the need to be everywhere, they are making significant differences in people’s lives. They are serving. They are giving of themselves. It is good to do that.

To all of you, keep praying for us. Louisiana is a great place and has some of the best people.