Baltimore • Sharing how he has coped after his son's suicide last year, megachurch pastor Rick Warren urged Southern Baptist pastors Monday to let their times of suffering be acts of ministry.
"Behind every publicly successful ministry, there is private pain," Warren said at the Southern Baptist Convention's Pastors' Conference. "Pain is God's megaphone. There is no testimony without a test. There is no message without a mess. There is no impact without criticism."
Warren's son, Matthew, 27, who suffered from mental illness, killed himself five days after Easter in 2013.
"If your brain doesn't work right and you take a pill, why are you supposed to be ashamed of that?" Warren asked. "It's just an organ, and we have to remove that stigma."