My main focus for 2012 is to faithfully walk with Christ, be a loving husband, faithful father, and a steadfast shepherd to Auburndale Baptist Church. In addition to these being of most importance in my daily life, here are a few extras I intend to try and juggle as secondary:
1) Speaking engagements. Although, I try not to be gone from my family and church too much, this next year has brought with it more opportunities to preach than I can accept. I am grateful for the opportunities, but it is also burdening to try and discern what I should prioritize and what I should not. My fellow pastors help make these decisions and I am grateful for their assistance and authority in my life. For a list of my speaking engagements for 2012 and any additions as the year progresses, go to my Contact page.
2) A book on the Pastor’s family. I am currently working on a book about the unique challenges that pastors’ families experience and how a pastor can best shepherd his family through them. I am scheduled to turn it in to Zondervan publishing in the fall of 2012, Lord willing, with its release to come about a year later.
3) More blog posts. By God’s grace, I intend to keep 2-3 posts coming a week, which I pretty much kept up with this past year. Because I anticipate there will be no shortage of ministry challenges and experiences we will face in the new year, I never expect to run out of material.
Thank you for the numerous notes of encouragement I have regularly gotten from many of you who have found value in this blog this past year. Apologies if I did not get to your question you sent to me. Keep them coming. I will try to answer as many as time allows this next year. May the Lord give wisdom and grace in 2012 that this blog and the ministries of those who read it will be fruitful and productive to the glory of Christ and the building of his church.
Personal note: 15 years ago today I married my precious wife. For those who have benefitted from my posts on the family, you have her to thank most of all for she has been the primary means of grace from God to help me discern my sinful heart, identify my martial weaknesses, and patiently loved me through them. Second only to Christ, there is no greater earthly treasure I know than her love and companionship!