We have been very moved to read some of the stories contributed by members of the Hub sharing their experiences of being a carer as well as a minister/family in ministry. Frail elderly parents (perhaps a long way away), adult children with severe mental health problems, spouses with dementia, etc. And, as we suspected, many of these stories may be hidden.
But alongside the very real struggles are also some heartwarming stories of congregations taking a minister's dependent family member to their hearts and becoming part of the caring community.
It would be really good to add to this pool of shared experience. What are the particular strains and stresses - on health, sanity, relationships, finances and ministry? Where are the beacons of light and what makes them shine? How are we as local church, colleagues, senior staff at being aware of caring responsibilities, understanding the needs and the loads, and responding in constructive ways? Can we share advice, learn from each other's experience and support one another?
The Sheldon Hub - doing healthy ministry together.