Leading a congregation in a time of war is a particular challenge. Passions and fears in the parish can run high and hot. People will worry about their children and other members of their family in service overseas. Political differences between members may roil across church meetings. Even prayers can be politically charged with partisan politics.
Politicians and military analysts may quibble with the term, but we are at war. Some would say it is the result of failed leadership or foresight. Some would say it is only the on-going effects of a war which began long ago…or under a different president…or after 9/11. It does not matter now. We are at war.
As pastors, we are called to lead our churches in times of war and peace. And we are at war whether we want to admit it or not.
Here are ten thoughts about what an Anglican pastor/priest can do to prepare and lead a church in a time of war. There are many other ideas that others could contribute but these are things that I am thinking about for the coming season.