LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union is making available a timely resource book for Kentucky Baptist pastors with growing concerns of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) during the COVID-19 season.
About five years ago, WMU focused on the social issue of PTSD and created several resources to help church minister to those struggling, said Liz Encinia, the executive director-treasurer of Kentucky WMU.
“Out of this focus, David Crosby, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church New Orleans and interim pastor of First Baptist Church of Gatesville, Texas, wrote a book entitled, Your Pain Is Changing You,” she said. “It was written predominantly out of his painful experience from Hurricane Katrina.
“It is an excellent work to minister to those who are hurting. We have asked National WMU to consider releasing this book, and they have agreed to gift this resource to pastors for free.”
Pastors are dealing with the stress that members are going through during the coronavirus that has caused job loss for thousands and separation from family. Crosby’s book takes readers through the struggles that New Orleans went through during Hurricane Katrina.
“Dr. Crosby’s story is profound,” Encinia said. “Ministering during times of chaos and uncertainty shows just the rawness and reality of the situation pastors can encounter. The burden is heavy.”
Dr. Todd Gray, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said he hadn’t read the book but said he supported Kentucky WMU’s desire to get a timely resource in the hands of Kentucky Baptist pastors.
“Sam Chand, in his book, Leadership Pain, teaches that pain is a key ingredient in the making of a leader,” Gray said. “He asks, ‘Do you want to be a better leader? Raise the threshold of your pain. Do you want your church to grow …? Reluctance to face your pain is your greatest limitation. There is no growth without change, no change without loss, and no loss without pain. Bottom line: if you’re not hurting, you’re not leading.’”
Gray said while those are not the most encouraging words they are spoken from a voice of experience.
“Those who have been in positions of leadership for any length of time will attest that God uses pain to grow His leaders,” he said. “My prayer is that the Lord will use this resource provided by Kentucky WMU to help Kentucky Baptist leaders continue to grow and develop as leaders and make sense of their pain.”
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