I am making this post for those of you who are asking exactly what is my ministry?
I am not currently pastoring a church but I still do preaching whenever I can. Preaching is a real part of my ministry and I do pulpit supply whenever I have the opportunity. I have studied the subject of revival extensively and understand it well. I have preached in the last two Senior Adult Bible Conferences at First Baptist Church, Keller, Texas. I have preached a revival on the Sioux Indian reservation in North Dakota as well as in small to large churches. My preaching ministry began in 1970 so nearly a half century of various settings. Once I used a pot belly stove as a pulpit.
A second area of my ministry is teaching. This may be the strongest gift I have because it is the most recognized by others. When the Lord called me to the ministry, the emphasis was on teaching. It seemed to me that was what the Lord wanted me to do above all else. Explaining the scripture in a way that it is usable brings me joy. I teach a Sunday School class each Sunday and have spoken in conferences on several occasions. I love teaching along with the other aspects of the ministry. One of my greatest joys is seeing the light come on in other people.
My ministry also includes missions. I have pastured churches in pioneer areas where all there was, was a mission. It did not have any deacons or other paid employees. I know the struggle of doing missions. It required all that I could give to it and even then it was not enough. As a pastor, I started a mission in a small community that did not have a christian church of any kind. Several of my most cherished friends are missionaries. Two of the translators that are working on translations of my book are missionaries. I pray for them and their work. I try to help others to see how faithful they are and how they labor in the work of the Lord.
A forth area of my ministry is writing. I never thought of myself as a writer until I was searching for a book on Faith that explained what faith is and how it works. I found many books with faith as a topic but I could not find the book I was looking for. It was then that the Lord laid it on my heart to write that book. I was the last person that I would have ever guessed should write such a book. While it is true that the Lord had led me through many faith experiences, I was poor in English, a bad speller and totally inexperienced. Yet the burden would not leave me so I began struggling to do something that I had no clue on how to do it. Fast forward several years and my #3 son who majored in English, who now has a masters degree and is teaching English as a second language, started working with me. After several months I had completed the book I couldn’t find. Certainly the Lord should be credited with that accomplishment. Since then I have found a penchant in writing and have written some poems, songs, stories and even published some articles. The project that I am working on now with several translators is the translation of my book into 4 other languages, mentioned in a previous post. In addition to that I am working on some additional books. More on that in the future.
Finally, a fifth area of my ministry is consulting for construction projects. After working in the construction industry for over 50 years, I have learned a few things that make my skill set unique. I have a vast experience from the contractors vantage point having worked there on every level from sweeping floors to owning my own business twice. I also understand the church’s view, having pastored churches successfully through the construction phase. I also understand the mechanics, having a background in engineering. And finally, I understand the financial side, having established my own finance organization for my own company, and borrowed a huge amount of money to do a 68 townhouse subdivision. Now I can use that preparation for the Lord’s work.
These are the major areas of my work but I am also involved in whatever the Lord should so place on my shoulders. I know that He is in control and He is the one that enables it to happen. Truly God has chosen the foolish things to confound the wise.