More than twenty years ago, I met Rev. Jim Bachmann, and my life is better for the friendship. Although Gracie and I recently moved from Tennessee to Montana, Jim will always be my pastor and friend. His ministry in my life helped chart the course of our family caregiver outreach.
In this interview from our broadcast on Sirius XM's Family Talk Channel, i asked Jim to share his thoughts about a trend of many younger clergy shying away from hospital and visitation ministry.
With nearly 40 years of ministry, Jim's lengthy experience brought great insights to this discussion and helped illuminate a path of Gospel ministry that many young seminarians might not consider.
In light of a recent suicide by a well-known minister who struggled with depression, we also discussed the fragility and needs of ministers.
Closing the conversation, Jim (an avid hymn-lover) quoted from one we both love:
“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake!”
- How Firm A Foundation
Jim is the senior minister of Stephens Valley Church in Nashville, TN.
He has two parishoners way out in the mountains of Southwest Montana who still calls him Pastor.
At the end of the interview ...Jim mentioned he'd like to travel to Montana, and asked if we could help him find a horse.
"We're waiting on you, Pastor!"