I am a pastor, father, husband, son, and friend (to some)- all of these positions make me feel a responsibility to those whom God has placed in my life. Given that, I usually have an answer, even though it is not always the right one, at least I feel like I have some guidance to offer those who trust me. This spring though, we have seen a natural disaster in our hometown that tragically displaced children from their schools, families from their homes, and even closed down local businesses that have been a steady place of comfort for many years. Just when we were beginning to see some relief from the tornado, the world has been crippled with one word, Corona, as it has shaped our current situation like few things in the history of our nation.
November 23, 2015 I walked into my office at Rocky Valley Baptist Church. This was neither my first job, nor even my first time to start a new and exciting career, however it was my first day as a full time pastor of a church. For most of us, becoming a pastor doesn’t happen the day after you surrender to the call to preach so you spend years coming up with ideas of what you will do when the day finally comes that God opens that door. For me on that day I sat in my office and the startling realization that I did not really know exactly what to do now hit me like a freight train barreling down the tracks. Now, only three months in, I would like to share the top 3 things I have learned about being a pastor.