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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Why People Like RIvers of Joy Baptist Church

Wednesday Night Bible Study and Fellowship at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford Ohio

I know you might believe its all about the teaching that people come on Wednesday Night. I am sure if there were no teaching some still would come, but in general people come to be taught the Word of God. Yet its not the soul reason they come. They love the fellowship.

Wednesday night has turned into Bro. Bill Bower playing and sing with the guitar and Bob Temple leading some songs. We seem to have a good time. What I really like is the enjoyment we seem to have, and the length of time we hang around after the service.

Its true that I do teach at length, most of the time about 50 to an hour of intense teaching on a specific study. I do give out extensive study notes each week and do record video and audio of the lessons.

We do tend to have inter action from the folks, that is good. I love the interaction and responses we get from each one.

I do believe we love each other and there is a likedminedness in the fellowship.

Do I believe if you have a great sermon people will come to hear you? No. In this day and age that is not necessary going to happen.

Maybe too many people have bought into the TV format of entertainment. Unchurch people don't go to church because of sin and a lack of love for the Lord Jesus Christ, and they use a number of reason why that is true.

Christians don't go to churches because they can not find a church that fits their belief system. Or they simply don't believe they need what the church is offering.

But those who do come to Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, I believe are coming for a number of reasons:
1. They love the Lord first and foremost.
2. They love each other.
3. They love Charity.
4. They know how it was when they didn't like coming to church.
5. They know how it was when there was little harmony in the fellowship.
6 They know how it was when there was little effort put forth to have a service.
7. They are beginning to realize that the teaching of the Word of God is a good idea.
8. They are beginning to know that they have a pastor and wife who loves them.
9. They are realizing its not the pastor's church, its our church.
10. They know we have a great assoc. pastor, and a great worship leader, and a great musician and great deacons and elders, and workers and people who really love the Lord and each other.
11. We do have fun.
12. We don't use people to build the church, we use the church to build the people.
13. Our first priority is to Worship the Lord, build people up in the Lord, make disciples, teach the word, and try to reach out and reach people for Christ with the gospel of Christ.

Its now 11 p.m. I believe I will call it a day. My prayer is for God's wisdom to see His wisdom.