4 Free Resources for Ministering In Times of Tragedy

By Rick Warren
Grief and Loss

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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.

Mobilizing Your Church In Times of Tragedy (pdf)

I’ve also collected three sermon outlines and transcripts to help you prepare to preach this weekend.

The Season of Loss (doc)

How to Heal a Broken Heart (doc)

Recovering From Life’s Disasters (doc)

Rick Warren

Rick Warren

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.