For the past seven years and counting I have been privileged to be a part of the ministry community called Nazarene Publishing House! Just after my seventh anniversary date at NPH, in October 2011, God interrupted my life and spoke with assurance that I was to allow my name to be given to a local church to be their interim pastor since their pastor had resigned and moved away.
From late October through the holidays God surely moved in our presence! Well, you know the story. Sometimes interim pastors are asked to interview for “the job.” We did. The people voted. The vote was terrific! We accepted, and since formal installation as pastor on January 15th I find myself in this world of being a bivocational pastor. Now, let me just say that it’s easier to say the words ‘bivocational pastor’ than it is to do the tasks of dual role ministry!
Now I’m well into my second month with my new flock and my initial thoughts about how all this works and how things are going are wide and vast, but here’s a few bites for ya!
Thought # 1:This is hard!
Fortunately the Holy Spirit brings me back to Acts 2. Fortunately the Holy Spirit reminds me that He is working in ways I cannot! Fortunately Ephesians 6 is for me. I’m putting on that full-armor to do battle against fatigue, feelings of wanting more time to do more, feelings of knowing that doing more won’t necessarily be Biblical, and the full-armor enables me to think rightly about preaching, teaching, leadership, and home life with level-headed perspective.
Thought # 2: Pray, Pray, Pray
I cling to the revelation that Jesus showed me for this new task. He wants our church to concentrate on two key areas – the strong preached and taught Word of God (being people that are not just literate but intimate with God’s Word), and to be a people of intercessory prayer! I’m praying alone, with my wife, with my kids and with our church members whenever I can. The increased prayer life of our church is helping us become a prayer-saturated church and He is moving in some amazing ways!
At the end of the day my initial thoughts on all this are one of humble privilege that God would trust me to serve Him at NPH and at St. Paul’s Church of the Nazarene! He not only trusts but equips and for that I’m grateful!
Thanks for stopping by this new blog. I hope you’ll resonate with my journey and feel free to respond to these thoughts as the Lord leads you. I’ll also be reflecting on the practices and realities of this unique ministry and on resources that NPH provides that might help our role as bivocational pastors be a bit smoother, efficient., and effective.