Pastoral Care: Learning and Making Use of Opportunities / 牧養關顧：持續學習和把握時機
Rev. Kevin Hon
In the pandemic, how shall we live? How shall we practice pastoral care? As we went through 2020 and entered 2021, God has been reminding me to pay attention to the continual learning in pastoral care and in making use of opportunities. Last March, as I communicated with other pastors and attended online seminars, I discovered the deep challenges in pastoral care. In this process, I have gone through a journey of reflection, struggles, evaluation and restlessness, I know the need to learn again in pastoral care.
First, God helps me to learn to accept His care, to let the Great Shepherd to guide me, cleanse me, transform me, and build me. God also uses other’s practical actions to care for me, this reminds me that I belong to God’s community and I need to receive other’s care with humility. Besides, I have been doing exercises under safe conditions. In running, I relax during stressful times and I spend time with God. In fact, God has been renewing me and nurturing me, and I believe He is renewing and nurturing all of us. God is nurturing those who will become people pleasing to Him, with pastoral hearts and actions.
In the past year, I have re-confirmed the relevancy of pastoral care, for He has prepared people for us. He has put His children in local congregations to care for one another under the pastors’ leadership, and He has prepared people around us so we can reach them. With creativity, we seek for relevant ways to care for people ─ the sheep of the Lord. In God’s kingdom, we make use of opportunities, following God’s timing and will, right in our current situations. In our daily living, we live according to the gospel and we care pastorally to share the gospel.
No matter what situation we are in, apart from planning, adjusting, and changing, we keep on learning and making use of opportunities in pastoral care. Yes, God is our Shepherd. Let us be encouraged by His Word: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
韓錦昌牧師Rev. Kevin Hon is the Senior Pastor of Toronto Chinese Methodist Church and member of the Advisory Council of Hudson Taylor Centre.
Posted on: March 3, 2021 View all Resources