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So this is not the normal post. I am taking time off to attend the wave conference in Virginia Beach. This spiritual conference is very important to me and my family to attend because of our situation.
My wife and I loved volunteering with our ministry friends in Washington and California. There is power in connection to church. Since the Lord orchestrated for us to be here east of the Mississippi, we have been searching for another church we can call home and get planted. We want to grow and develop into who the Lord has called us to be. We know this is not the end of our ministry in California but rather a moment to fortify our foundation as leaders. You don’t take a step back but you progress by leaning in. That’ll preach,right?
That’s what we are doing. Teresa and I Will be leaning in to the pressence as we continue to deepen our relationship with Jesus. I’ll update with posts and highlights.
it is Monday August 3, 2015. as most of us (who work days) are heading in to work, there are men and women who wake up reeling from a spiritual high to begin the futile search of different employment. It is futile not because of their talent or gifts it’s because they feel they may not be able to do anything else. This person could be your pastor!!??
What?! you say? the man of God? let me share what has been on my heart. I remember reading a study done by the Barna research group. They had noted that the average longevity of a pastor is approximately eight to ten years as its noted that 1800 ministers leave the ministry each month. similarly every year as six new churches open their doors, four churches will close theirs. what does all this mean?
It means Ministers need us. The lost need us. to put it simply “HLEP WANTED”. People need People. I believe this is how the Lord designed us. it takes us walking along side our Pastors to fulfil the great commission. It takes every man, woman, and child to help those who are hurting. To meet the need; be willing to walk with those who are struggling. there are many reasons that Pastors leave the ministry. more often, it is because they don’t see themselves as effective. consider the prophet Elijah.
After a considerable triumph over Baal’s leaders and the notice of queen scorned. he fled at the threat of his life. although for me as a church goer I never thought my pastor was threatened. he was “a Man of God” after all. But, he is a man. a man that has a family, Struggles with the same stuff I do. he has bills like I have bills. he as dreams like I have dreams. the threats of your pastor may not be as severe as their life. My question is? what are you doing as a Christ follower to help them from looking at the job postings