Pastor Andrew Stoecklein of Inland Hills Church (Chino, Ca) took his own life this weekend. My heart is broken for his wife and three children, as well as for his church family and community. Depression is real and pastors are not exempt or defective who experience it. Below is a noteworthy article that I believe many pastors would share but it would seem weak or self-serving. I would recommend that every church member and attender read and then share on behalf of their pastor. In this generation, pastors are expected to be business savvy, Instagram quotable preaching celebrities, fully accessible, deeply spiritual, not too young, not too old, and if a pastor doesn’t quite measure up to someone’s expectation at any given moment, they are given a two out of five star rating on Google. Wow! We have reduced the ministry to star ratings on Google! Let me recommend that you pray for your pastor and support your church faithfully! You’ll probably never realize what they walk through privately.
Lastly, if you are struggling with depression, regardless of whether you are in the ministry or not, please reach out for help.
(Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255)