I know there are many discouraged pastors of small congregations out there who feel very alone. But it is essential that you know there are many faithful brothers plugging away in the trenches just like you. Here is one example. This is an email I received the day after a recent blog post that asked, Should a pastor be discouraged about his small church?
Pastors, read and be encouraged that God knows and that you have other brothers standing in the same gap as you:
I just read your recent post to encourage small church pastors. I wanted to email you directly, rather than comment on the post or on Facebook. I really appreciate the words, they are so very timely for me and I was encouraged.
You see, I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotions and turmoil for the last few months. The church I serve has been plateaued and declining for a couple of years. I’m trying to be faithful. Its really hard. With low numbers comes very tight budgets. I took a $500/month pay cut 2 years ago. Discouragement has been a constant companion.
If not for the men who are journeying with me to care for my soul outside my church, I would have lost my mind. I have learned much about myself and God’s grace. Not sure what God will do, but I will trust Him today…that’s all I have. And I will press into the battle and love those whom He has entrusted to me.
I covet your prayers. Thanks much.
Press on brothers. The Lord knows and sees all, even if the world doesn’t. That’s all that matters. Stay faithful!
I was interviewed by Dave Harvey about pastoral ministry on his excellent website Am I Called? In part 2 of this interview, we discuss the importance of raising up men for pastoral ministry and how that practically is accomplished.
Read Part 2 of this interview here
One of my goals for my sabbatical last year was to study the life and ministry of the 18th century English particular Baptist Pastor, Andrew Fuller. Now that my time away has ended and feels so long ago, I thought I would still share about my findings. After a few books read, portions of the 3 volume works read, and a very meaningful breakfast with Michael Haykin and Jeremy Walker (friends and Fuller experts) discussing Fuller, the blessing of studying this faithful man of God exceeded my expectations.
I was so blessed and learned so much that it would be unwise to try and share all the ways I was impacted. However, as a steward and discipline to my time of study, I have summarized ten lessons that I learned from Andrew Fuller’s life that will impact my pastoral ministry from this moment on. Because of this, I thought I would share them with you with the hopes you will be challenged in the same way I was and as a result, might be moved to dig deeper into this man’s life.
In no particular order, modern pastors should consider Fuller’s example and…
1) Affirm a needed process to affirm pastors for pastoral ministry.
Even at a young age and exceptional gifts identified in Fuller, his congregation still took him through a rigorous process to be affirmed for ministry. The modern pastor would do well to learn from Fuller’s experience and make sure he and his local church is taking an active role to Test, Train, Affirm, and Send pastors into the ministry.
Read the full article here
I was interviewed by Dave Harvey about pastoral ministry on his excellent website Am I Called? In this first of two parts, Dave asks me about how pastoral ministry is getting romanticized and how to combat that with the true reality of pastoral ministry. This is essential for young men to discern whether they are truly called to be a pastor.
Read part 1 of this interview here