It has been a while since I last posted. Since then several things have been going on…
I am finishing up my interim position at a church close to Montgomery, AL after eight months. The congregation has called a pastor which means I have one more Sunday to preach before the previous Pastor and I do an installation service for the congregation. This is a good thing as it affirms the new minister with a blessing of the congregation.
I am also putting the final touches on the first Redemption Ministry Pastor’s Retreat which is scheduled for the second week in January 2016. I have purposefully chosen to keep it small for intimacy and encouragement’s sake. It will take place on a Sunday night through Thursday morning. The participants include a Church of Christ pastor, a PCA-Presbyterian Pastor, a Baptist worship leader, and a bi-vocational pastor along with myself. Each participant has endured struggles the past year and my prayer is that they will be blessed and encouraged.
I presently have 29 ministers I keep up with on a regular basis. They all have unique issues and praises that come along with being in ministry. One was recently called to a new position in West Alabama… another retired… one is 60+, had surgery, his wife has health issues, and it is difficult for him to find a ministry position. Then I have recently heard of several congregations who ended the relationship with their pastor… which always saddens my heart and yet it gives me opportunity to pray more.
I hope to be more faithful in posting for those who may be interested… and for my own catharsis. I agree with Paul… “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”