Charles E Whisnant
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
Reading Cal Habig post he talked about the frustration that pastors sometimes have with ministry.
Usually what happens is we believe the ministry should be going a certain direction and getting there fast. But the problem occurs when it doesn't.
While in previously churches that I have been the pastor, it seemed the ministry was moving real fast. People were coming and we were growing, and visitors were coming, and people were growing in the Lord.
In our present ministry, after two years, it seems in a scene been two years. And as I look at the ministry I think, how long is this going to take to take off and grow and build?
It does seem to be hard at times for us to recognize and cope with fact that delays may be of God. As we all have said, "God's timing" is the key. But we don't like to hear that.
There seems to be a "gap" as Ted Engstrom has said, "what we think should be done first and what w can actually do." You know what we can actually do, and what we think we should be doing.
What are goals and objectives are verses what our ability to move the resources needed are on two different levels.
Charity has said, "You know we are a older congregation and we can only do so much, we need some younger people to accomplice our goals. " And Charity is right.
So do I want growth first as a priority or do I want to build up the people in Christ first?
Do I want to do God's Work in God's Way first? Yes. Therefore I must continue to do those things that are going to honor the Lord and He in His time if He so desires to accomplish His purpose in His time. I only want to see that sooner than he does.
|Charity, April and Buddy Cooper and Bro. Sloan|
AND SPECIAL THANKS TO: MAY BRUNSON AND MARION VIAR
These two ladies have known Mom and Dad for ever. Which means they have known me my whole life.
So have SANDFORD AND REBA ARRINGTON KNOW Mom and Dad for a long time.
I also learned today that Mrs. Kermit Hall and daughter Glenna Hall Holley were in the service. They knew Dad and Mom years ago. Winston Hall knew Dad and Mom, he is the son of Mrs. Hall. He wrote me to tell me. Isn't that great.
I really do not like the idea that a funeral is necessary a celebration. I was really not ready to celebrate Mom's death. I thought I would have, after all she was 88 and I am 62. But I realize that I missed Mom as much or even more at my age than maybe at a earlier age.
I can celebrate later, knowing she loved the Lord, but now I am just sad.
As I told Charity, went I died, please don't celebrate too much at first. Yes I am in heaven, but it would be nice to made people believe you are sad that I am gone.
April has taken a lot of photo and I am hopeful that I can post some there on my blogger later.
We were able to see Mom in April 2010, as our annual trip to Ellen's home to visit Mom on her 87th birthday. I know it is sad to see your Mom once a year.