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Pastors – How Present Are We?

John 10:14-15

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

This devotion might be directed more at my colleagues than my regular readers – although we all might get something out of it. As one who is considered a senior pastor (by age – 65 with 44 years of experience in ministry) – I have some thoughts during this pandemic. I was asked by our DS’s office (and I imagine other pastors if not all pastors were asked the same) – what questions might be asked during this year’s pastor’s evaluations by the SPRC. I mentioned a few and one that seems relevant this year is – How present was the pastor during the pandemic?

A pastor is responsible for their flock – their congregation – and should be as present as possible and should find ways to be present during difficult times like the pandemic. As an older pastor – I didn’t find it easy to be present during the pandemic – but – together with some lay persons – we struggled through and found new and exciting ways to be present.

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November 20, 2020 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hearing From God – Do We?

June 2019Often – as I sit at my desk in the wee hours of the morning – waiting to hear from God – I began to put some thoughts down for a devotional or a sermon. Have you ever wondered how one would hear from God? I mean – the Scriptures are filled with people hearing from God. Some examples are in the biblical text for us. There’s Moses’ burning bush.

Exodus 3:1-5 – 1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight — why the bush does not burn up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Continue reading

July 17, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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