And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)
Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Over the last several months I have "crock potted" a few ideas. This means that for a while I have stewed about a few thoughts and occasionally stirred them up till I think they are ready for serving. Thus I am working on two aspects of Persevering Pastor that I think fill a need.
The first effort is accumulating a library for you. This will be a library of interviews with people in ministry in regards to persevering. I am burdened for the alarming amount of pastors who are struggling in the ministry. Personally, If God would ever make it available for me, I would love to be a pastor's pastor. I would greatly enjoy bearing another's burden, praying with them and their wife as they go through trials. Thus at present I am praying through the most relevant questions to ask and assembling a list of people to interview.
Secondly, I am thinking of writing a book. The purpose of this book would be to encourage pastors of small churches. I do not want to knock larger churches, but as a small church pastor in a cornfield I often feel left out. It seems that many of the programs, conferences, literature, and advertisements lend themselves to bigger and better. Often it is the large church with many numbers that is celebrated. Praise God for that. But let us not overlook the faithful who God has assigned to smaller places of worship.
The life of a small church can be discouraging. I know others fell this way too. We sit in our offices with few to talk to and receive few moments of encouraging inspiration from those whom we work alongside. This is simply because of the isolation.
So if you wish to send in your thoughts or encouragements, or need prayer yourself, please address them to firstname.lastname@example.org