|Don, Ruth, and Stephanie |
Each pastor has his own personality and style of leadership, and God has varying designs for pastors and churches regarding time lines for service. A 35+ year ministry isn't the norm, in fact, it is a rare occurrence. Some would argue that a pastor loses his effectiveness after a much shorter period of time. Others would say that a person must either be a pushover or a dictator to be able to maintain working relationships with a congregation and a church board for 35 years.
On the other hand, I love to be able to share with people the secret to this lengthy partnership, and it involves three entities: a pastor and his wife who are dedicated, submissive, teachable, selfless, and committed; a church board/membership who are supportive, forgiving, dedicated, teachable, and solid; a God in Heaven who brings people together, binds their hearts toward a common cause, and gives victory over, and over, and over again!
I wouldn't trade my heritage for anything in the world. I've seen both the joys and the sorrows that come along with a life spent in ministry, and the value that I have gained from them is of immeasurable worth to me.
And, wow, does 35 years ever do a number on us!
|Don, Ruth, and Stephanie|
-January 29, 2012-