"Staying Healthy and Leading Healthy Mission Agencies in Pandemic Times" ALMA webinar series
Spiritual Health for Mission Leaders
If you listen to news broadcasts and neighbors as they discuss COVID-19, most people discuss the pandemic in terms of physical health (number of cases and deaths, etc.) or relational health (dealing with close quarters of sheltering at home or disagreements over how strictly to follow safety recommendations). What we don't hear about, however, are the spiritual implications of what is going on in the world, the true origin of evil that threatens us, or an acknowledgement of God's provision and strength in the face of terror.
How can mission leaders support the spiritual health of their families and employees? How do leaders deal with the spiritual struggle that come from isolation during the pandemic? What should we expect from the enemy during the pandemic and what, in turn, should we expect from our God?
These and other questions will be addressed by Rev. Dr. John Mehl who teaches on Spiritual Warfare at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.
This webinar was held on Tuesday, July 21 at 1:00 PM Central Time.
Rev. Dr. John Mehl's Bio
Rev. Dr. John Mehl the executive director of Mission of Christ Network (MCN), an organization that focuses on training sending and supporting the laity in international mission. He also teaches mission classes at Concordia University in Seward, NE.
Prior to his work with MCN, John served for eight years in a rural Kansas before being called by the LCMS to serve as a church planter and theological education coordinator in Moscow, Russia. In 2004, he and his family moved to Germany, where he served as the Regional Director for Eurasia. In 2006, the family moved to Hong Kong, where John served as the Regional Director for Asia until 2013.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2012, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Concordia Seminary with a concentration in missional leadership. John and his wife, Susan, have three children and one grandson.