Tag Archive: Pastor


More Connections

This past Tuesday I sat across a table from a team of UM clergy and responded to their questions about my calling to be a pastor. As I continue further in this process I am coming to really appreciate how we United Methodists do things. There seems to be this deep understanding that pervades the way we do things: we try to do things in community. I, from the beginning, haven’t been allowed to do this thing by myself. When I first perceived God calling me to be a pastor the calling had to be affirmed by my local church:Trinity UMC in Ruston. Now, as I’m participating in this step of the journey I am reminded again that I am not doing this alone. That team of people who sat across from me have committed to join with me to further discern this calling of God to be a pastor. I am thankful that I can’t stand up proclaiming this call by myself. So in the future when those glorious days of ministry happen and all seems to goes amazingly well I can’t say it was me. When that day of ministry happens that goes so terribly rough that would question if God really called me into this I can stand confident that I didn’t discern God’s will on my own.

Maybe this is a glimpse of how we should do things as a the people of God. Discern God’s will together. Pray together. Support each other in doing God’s will together. Equip each other to do God’s will together. Be a people of God – not a collection of individuals.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who does everything in perfect unity of community, Thank you for inviting us and providing opportunities for us to live into doing things in community that reflects the unity you desire. 

Amen

Hope in the gut.

Hope-in-the-gutWell, I have been here for two years now in this role as Student Pastor. There is this one feeling that I haven’t been able to shake since beginning this journey. While I have had times of nervousness and anxiousness as I have stepped into doing things that were new (like when I preached my first sermon at St. Paul), but those feelings seem to shift, come, and go.  The one feeling that continues to stir in my gut is a sense of hope. It sometimes weighs heavy in my gut and leaves me restless. It is this sense of being sure that there is something more, something greater just ahead. It is a sense that stirs up perseverance. A sense that God has promised something, not just something in general, but something for us. For two years I have grown to know the people of St. Paul and I have had this sense of hope for what God is about to do here. I have seen evidence of God’s work here. Today this sense of hope has me feeling like we are approaching the crest of the hill. We are about to see over the rim and catch a glimpse of what God is about to do.  I believe God is wanting to give birth to something within the context of St. Paul. There is much to be done as we move forward into God’s future, but I am excited about where God is leading.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty  conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly  to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

5 Fold Ministry Score Sheet

Fivefold Gifting

Apostle 23, Evangelist 30, Pastor 20, Prophet 21, Teacher 26

I’ve been reading that Building a Discipling Culture book and it talked about the base gift we operate from and there was a link to this evaluation tool.

So for more information than you really care to know about me (or if you want to take the survey yourself) you can go here: http://fivefoldsurvey.com/surveys/34733?locale=en

Chatting with my Brother

I was talking to my brother the other night. I was wishing he wasn’t so far away. I could picture us sitting around drinking something besides coffee (I still haven’t been able to acquire that taste) and discussing how the world works and who God is. Well, I was rambling about me trying to figure out what it means to be a pastor and he suggests I read a chapter of Acts. Well, what I found in chapter six both challenged me and encouraged me.

A Pastor seems to need to be focused on prayer and the “service of the word”.  They lead others by organizing leaders to coordinate the meeting of the needs of the community. Where the service of the word takes on flesh by making sure the widows were being fed.

So suddenly I got excited about where I am. I am getting to take a class studying through the Letter to the Romans. It is apart of me being equipped in the service of the word. I got excited about serving at St. Paul – preaching, teaching and praying.

I am also looking forward to preaching this Sunday. We are going to be looking at Romans 12:1-2 – One of the theme verses for my life.

Jesus, teach me to pray, teach me your word, teach me to lead.

Amen