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Variety in Ministry

Last week I was in San Antonio for a short visit with friends.  We attended a small Spanish speaking church and was once again reminded of the great things God is doing in his kingdom.  The Pastor was a man who worked as a manger of a hospital Imaging department.  He spent 40 hours a week at his job and then still managed to raise his family and Pastor the church.

We had a great time of fellowship the evening before and I was reminded of how privileged we are to be in ministry.  The church was small by San Antonio standards,  but they had just acquired a building and the atmosphere was one of great fellowship and love.  I was able to sit with my wife and listen to people sing in Spanish (which I do not know) and enjoy the sacred sounds of people worshiping from a heart of love.

This was what ministry was all about.  People ministering to one another.  I saw tears, praise, and the word of God faithfully preached.  It was an incredible day!

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Sometimes you are the only choice!

A few weeks ago I decided to attend a training for Prepare Enrich marriage program through Life Innovations.  I have worked with the material for the last 10 years, but wanted a refresher course on their new material.  I was once again reminded of the lack of understanding for small church ministries.

In one of the discussions, we talked about the type of couple that you should refer to professional counselors.  I explained that some of the couples I have dealt with do not have the money or the ability to travel to professionals (in some cases over 45 miles away).  After some discussion, it was concluded that the small church ministry was the only option these people had.  Lack of training and opportunities, meant that we had to do the best that we could.

In a world full of choices, the smaller rural ministry is often the only choice.  While some may view that as a discouraging thing,  I look at it as an opportunity.  I may be their only source of help and encouragement for someone who is struggling.  God has brought them into our ministry for a reason.  God has given us the incredible privilege to help and minister.

So my Pastor friend, while you may be overwhelmed by the many hats you are required to wear, hang in there.  The feeling that you are unprepared to deal with many of this issues, allows God more room for it to be about Him and not our abilities.

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