Needs are everywhere. People are anxious for their jobs, their finances, and the state of the world around them. They worry about the safety of their children, long-time security of their employment, and their wayward children or ailing parents. We seem to have too little time to handle the ever-growing list of expectations that we either impose on ourselves or others hand to us.
While technology helps us to accomplish many tasks more efficiently, it also makes us continually available and connected to others, and we are left with little time to retreat and reflect. Commuting from bedroom communities in the suburbs for long distances means constant traffic negotiation and less time at home with our families. In short, we and the people to whom we minister in our churches have unprecedented needs — they need pastoral care in ways beyond what we sometimes believe we can offer.