Encouragement for Pastors: How to Find Strength and Meaningful Words for a Congregation After a Tragedy like a Mass Shooting
* Free Sermon Outline Below *
I’ll be honest; it is discouraging to need to write a post like this. But here we are faced with another mass shooting tragedy. Unimaginable injustices go on in our world every day. Hate crimes, blatant murder, terrorism, and war plague this planet. Sometimes these atrocities are across the globe and sometimes they happen in our own back yards. Whenever and wherever these tragedies occur, society picks itself up and carries on. Employees must carry on in their work and pastors must minister to their church families.
Following a disaster, it is no small responsibility to address a church community of fearful or heartbroken Christ followers. Yet, as pastors this is a calling we must often face. This is also a big opportunity and blessing. Though we would never wish these tragedies on our world, we can rise up from the ashes to find greater love and faith in our community.
If you’re reading this and find yourself at a loss after a natural disaster, mass shooting, other tragedy, or loss directly within your church family, you may not be sure what to say on Sunday. Leadership words and courage sometimes feel like too big of a load to carry in the face of a tragedy; but those feelings and vulnerability are the fuel that will ignite more powerful leadership. I want to encourage you, because I know you’ll be okay. I’ve been there too; I know the fear and struggle of addressing your church family in the wake of the unimaginable. But I’ve done it and I know you can too. My prayers are with you as you face this. I’ve also included a free sermon packet and outline below. This sermon was a response to the September 11th attack. If this post, the sermon, or the blog image are of aid, please make use of them. Keep in mind the beginning of the sermon is a reflection on the actual day of 9/11, but the majority of the content can be adapted for any tragic situation. Given the ties of this Orlando shooting with Pulse night club, below you will also find a sermon packet regarding homosexuality that may be useful.
In the Face of Tragedy Sermon Packet and Outline:
Homosexuality Sermon Packet (After Supreme Court Decision):
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