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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

How To Stay Calm In Ministry

Being a pastor/teacher of a church of any size can become at times frustrating. Wonder why?

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.