My Ministry

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.

Preparation

I spent several hours yesterday working on the lesson for this weeks Sunday School class.  After studying it in the students quarterly to get their view of the lesson, as well as going through it in the teachers manual. in addition  I have studied the material over many years, so I have a good working knowledge of the material as well.  Now begins the process of taking that information and weaving it into a lesson that will be applicable to my group.  I intend to do that in the remainder of the week.

I also spent time on finalizing the first lesson of the study that I will begin next Wednesday on, Holiness as a lifestyle.  This study is forcing me to do a lot of introspection and self examination.  I am constantly reminded that they that preach the gospel, must live of the gospel.  It is very humbling.

Today I posted another article entitled Don’t Miss the Opportunity.  As I was going through the drill of posting an article with pictures, I made several mistakes and had to ask my son, who is visiting from Japan, how to do it.  He got me straightened out and I made myself an instruction sheet on doing that one operation.  It is all a part of the learning curve and I will get better at it.

Now to continue about FYI:  He is a christian pastor from China.  He was establishing churches and was quite good at it.  He was so good that the government invited him to leave the country so he came to America.  While here he attended Southwestern Seminary, and joined our church .  Soon thereafter he started a Chinese mission church under the umbrella of our church.  He became a US ciltizen and continued to work in the mission church.  Soon he began to feel the drawing of the Holy Spirit to his home land to continue his work there.  About this time I became acquainted with him and we bonded immediately.  He applied for a visa to China as an American citizen and it was granted.  A few months later he was back in China doing what the Lord has led him to do.  Upon my pastor’s recommendation, I asked him to pray about translating my book.  He didn’t want to do it at first but after prayer he said that he believed the Lord was in it so he agreed to do it but couldn’t start until he was able to get some other things in place.  He has informed me that he is using the book as a training manual to train new pastors.

Surprise!

I checked my email and I was overjoyed to hear from my co-laborer from China.  He will be here for a few days to take care of some items of importance and plans to meet with me about the translation.  He is also meeting with our Mission pastor to lay the ground work for a mission trip to China.  The problem is that China has passed a new law that is more restrictive on religious activity and it goes into effect on Feb. 1 of this year.  Please pray for God’s wisdom to know how to proceed.

I cannot give you his name or tell you about the details for his safety so I will identify him as “FYI”.  FYI is my co laborer in China that is translating my book into Chinese.  When I met him, we bonded immediately.  The Lord has done all the work in setting up this cooperative effort.

It started in the mind and wisdom of God but I became more aware of it a few years ago while I was living in Maryland.  I began to feel a restlessness and a leading to leave Maryland.  I had been living there for 27 years so I wasn’t sure about what I was sensing.  I didn’t have a place or a purpose in mind so I knew that it wasn’t my desire to move.  I put it before the Lord in prayer and asked Him to confirm and direct it.  Looking back, I think the Lord had been working on me for a while.  My wife and I had tried to sell our home the year before.  We had it on the market for months with over 200 site visits, yet not a single offer.  Now a year later we put it on the market again at the same price and it sold immediately.  In fact we had two offers at the same time and it sold for more than our asking price.  To make a longer adventure shorter, we moved here over two years ago and joined our church and through all that I met my translator, FYI.  To be continued. . .