Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson: Pastors Are People, Too

ChurchLeaders | 3/20/2019 | Staff
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Justin McRoberts is a musician, author, and teacher. Justin has written three books, including Prayer: Forty Days of Practice. He also leads workshops on the creative process. He lives in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

Scott Erickson is a touring painter and performance artist who mixes autobiography, biblical narrative, and aesthetics to create art that speaks to our deepest experiences. Scott and his wife, Holly, live in Portland with their three children.

People - Practices

– How can we invite people to engage in meaningful spiritual practices?

– Talk to us about the spiritual disciplines that you have found to be effective as ministers.

Creativity - Things - God

– How does creativity play into how we communicate the good things of God?

“Part of what has kept me from having the long term, healthy ongoing conversations about spiritual practice is we tend to narrow down what spiritual practice is into this realm of things that isn’t physical, it isn’t financial, it isn’t sexual, it isn’t emotional, it isn’t mental, it isn’t medical…”

Compartmentalizing - Way - Things - Something - Life

“Compartmentalizing is a way to not face things. I tend to compartmentalize because there’s something in my life that I don’t want to face. I think it’s a defense mechanism.”

“You don’t really feel, as a pastor, that there are many spaces where you get to be a whole person.”

Pastor - Leader - Person - Room - Thing

“If you call yourself a pastor or spiritual leader, you don’t get to be just another person in the room. That is a thing you sacrifice. It’s like being a therapist.”

“Sabbath-keeping has been the primary life-giving practice for me.”

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