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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

Church to Former Pastor/Staff: Sorry we treated you like trash

Church to Former Pastors: Sorry We Treated You Like Trash

If you’ve been a pastor for more than ten minutes, you have heard of churches that churn through pastors and staff. For one reason or another, the church can not keep people for more than a couple of years before they are looking to go somewhere else. Sometimes it is the pastor’s fault, other times it is a stiff necked congregation, whichever it is, it is depressing… and significantly lessens a church’s spiritual impact. Earlier this week we came across the story of a church in Indiana that recently brought back a series of former pastors for a service of corporate repentance.
Through the service, the church recognized its rebellious spirit over three decades, and apologized to several pastors by performing a foot washing service.


I can name a few churches like this:  Most of the time the pastor of that church was the problem. Two churches there were a few people in the church that was the problem. I have never been fired from a church where I was the pastor. Only two churches did I resign because of the people. Two churches I resign because I felt I should, but the people were wonderful.