Keep On Keeping On

If you don’t recognize this phrase, you probably didn’t hear JI Packer teach. When I first heard it, I felt inspired to “finish well,” leave a testimony and to harden my shoulders for those who may stand on what I leave behind. It was a powerful emotional appeal to me.

I am in the San Diego airport waiting for my flight home. I have enjoyed a weekend with old friends (if you count 60s as old) who were all influential leaders of renewal / charismatic / Vineyard type churches in Vancouver 30 years ago.

Of the six Christian leaders there have been many changes over the decades, some of them traumatic:

  • 5 continue as Christ-followers though most less “sure” than they were
  • 3 are published and some with several books and articles
  • 2 still attend church and still pray and worship with heart and meaning
  • 4 are mad at God mostly and with the church as well
  • 3 have been divorced and 1 is still grieving after 7 years though he instigated the divorce
  • 3 have disabled children and this has profoundly affected their lives
  • 4 have children that continue in the faith
  • 5 read theological books and connect with God by digging into them
  • 6 would go to a church if it was relevant to their lives (“not stupid”)
  • 4 have graduate degrees and 3 have doctorates
  • 6 want a more intimate relationship with Jesus if it were possible

How does a pastor and leader finish well? How does one “keep on keeping on?”

Paddy Ducklow
My name is Paddy Ducklow. I am retired from CAREY but happy to have my past blogs here. I have had the privilege of assisting faculty, board, staff, pastors, students, etc. to write their thoughts and become published. Today, I can be found at www.theducklows.ca
  1. Ed Hird Reply
    Very poignant and sad observations, Paddy. What was it about those days that left so many casualties and so many angry at God and Church? Was it related to overfunctioning? My observation is that those with a very high ecclesiology often turn the church into an impossible IP+ and then into an unforgivable IP-. People can do the same thing with their spouse, with unmeetable expectations. Ed Hird+

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