Eight Key Issues for Pastors Regarding Funerals

Episode #242
July 15, 2016
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Podcast Episode #242

Discussions on pastors and funerals as well as what to watch for, what to have prepared, and what to avoid.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Know the community traditions related to funerals.
  • Don’t just read a script when officiating a funeral. Personalize it if at all possible.
  • Have a personal policy of what funerals you will do and whether you will do out of town funerals.
  • Know who else will be speaking at a funeral you’re officiating.
  • Be prepared to intervene if things go off the rails at a funeral.
  • If possible, try to be the last speaker at a funeral to have the ability to share the hope of the resurrection.

The eight key issues regarding funerals that we cover are:

  1. Decide your parameters for doing funerals.
  2. Know the traditions of the community.
  3. Meet with the family to personalize the message.
  4. Brevity is best.
  5. The issue of the financial charge.
  6. Expectations of the family.
  7. Expect something different.
  8. Share the gospel in your message.

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