Our hearts are all broken for the families who lost children and loved ones this past Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. We pray for them as well as for emergency workers, teachers, and counselors who have been involved in helping the community in the aftermath.
Pastors fulfill a special calling in moments of tragedy. We carry the burden and the privilege of speaking into people’s lives in moments of pain, loss, and trauma. Biblical prophets shared a Word from the Lord appropriate to the moments that impacted culture so deeply. Pastors, today, occupy a similar role.
I’ve put together four resources to share with you as you minister on the front lines, handle the big questions, and comfort the hearts of those who are broken and bewildered this weekend.
The first is the transcript of a podcast we did a few years ago called Mobilizing Your Church in the Wake of Tragedy. The audio is available on iTunes.
I’ve also collected three sermon outlines and transcripts to help you prepare to preach this weekend.