I got a Twitter very early this morning that the Fallen Pastor blog had been added to Jared Moore’s list of Top 250 Christian Blogs of 2013-2014.
I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone. This has nothing to do with me and I want you to know why this is so important.
I started writing this blog anonymously four years ago because there was nothing out there for fallen pastors. After about two months, I started getting some feedback and people started asking me questions. A few months later, Jonathan Brink from Civitas Press and I started talking about the possibility of a book. That turned into Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World.
If I were to take credit for one moment for this blog, it would be a mistake. I’m excited to be on a list because it gets this ministry out there to the people who need it. These days, I get one to four emails a week from fallen pastors, churches whose pastor has fallen, pastors who are in the midst of adultery, women who are involved with pastors, and all kinds of things you can imagine.
But I wouldn’t have any of it were it not for the amazing grace of Christ. I fell hard four years ago. There are days when it comes rushing back to me. My past blogs and some of my old, bitter writings are still up for everyone to see. But God has been so gracious to me.
I’d be nowhere without Allison, my wife. She’s my inspiration, the hand that’s always reaching out for me when I’m at my lowest, when I feel worthless. I send her the emails of the women who reach out to me and she does an amazing job at her blog.
I need to thank SBC Voices who linked to my blog even when I was blogging anonymously.
Thanks as always to Dr. Hershael York, who for some reason took the time to do an interview with me, let me take up space in his pulpit one Sunday, and has been a great encouragement to me.
Thanks to those of you who read this blog, not because you’re fallen, but because you want to. Because you enjoy it and you love grace.
Above all else, thank you and many prayers to the fallen pastors I’ve met and those I have yet to meet. I love you all dearly. Christ loves you and has not abandoned you. And neither will I. No one understands what the fallen pastor has been through quite like another fallen pastor. And that’s why I’m here and will always try to be.
Please pass the word of this ministry if you know someone who needs help. If I can’t help, I usually know someone who can.
If you know someone who has fallen, a church who need help, or if you are a fallen pastor, please contact me. If you’re not ready for contact, try my book, Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World.