How we bury the dead goes a long way in determining our acceptance in a community and the depth of our spiritual impact on a congregation.
I love funerals. Not that I enjoy death, it's just that I agree with Solomon, who said, "It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting" (Eccles. 7:2 niv). After talking and praying with the bereaved, I go home feeling I've made a difference; I've touched people at the point of their deepest need.
Burying the dead is part of pastoral turf. How we handle it goes a long way in determining our acceptance in a community and the depth of our spiritual impact on a congregation. Any strengths I muster can lose their power if I can't help people who are bereaved.
A well-handled funeral can be the best opportunity for genuine public relations a church and its pastor can have. It doesn't lead to instant church growth, but it breaks down barriers and builds an attitude of respect and appreciation. It's a positive point of ...1