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I remember my final Sunday as a lead pastor. Though I often forget things, I can’t forget that. Faces and voices, a sanctuary and a pulpit, many years and many moments. Memories were breathing-all replaying at once. Life and death. Marriages and funerals. Prayers and songs and laughter and disagreements and meals and conversations and pain. And more prayer. As I think back to those experiences, I’m asking myself, “What did I learn?” Not, “Did I succeed?” or “Did I fail?” Pause for Pastors is filled with stories of lessons learned. Stories that just might help a pastor and his family pursue help when they’re carrying too heavy of this weight, church. Stories of honesty-told by myself and many others-that just might offer a little bit of peace in the storms of pastoral life. As we’ve emphasized in each book of this series, pause in your rush through life and notice yourself. Visit your own stories. The stories of hurt, of grief, of anger, of regret. The chapters of life and death and nothingness. The words of healing on those rare perfect days. For now, for this now, choose to stop. Read the nouns and verbs. Slowly. During the storm, read and receive and rest.
About the author:
Chris Maxwell joined Emmanuel College as Director of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor after pastoring in Orlando, Fla., for 19 years. Chris and his wife, Debbie, who teaches at Royston Elementary in Georgia, have three sons: Taylor, Aaron and Graham. Taylor, a singer and songwriter, and his wife, Brittany, live in Denver, CO. They have two sons and a daughter. Aaron, who graduated from Emmanuel College in 2010, serves at a school in Dakar, Senegal. He is married to another Emmanuel graduate, Amber Evans Maxwell. Aaron and Amber have a son, Beckett. Graham also graduated from EC after four years playing basketball, and now is an assistant coach for the Lions.
Chris speaks around the world in churches, retreat centers, conferences, and medical conventions
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