Friday, July 20, 2007

Part-time pastor juggles to fill church

A bivocational minister can be a lot of things, but he can’t be lazy. I decided a long time ago that faith without works is dead you get out of it what you put into it.
When a hectic schedule is added to the demands of work and family, the results can be a task even to the hardiest person. I work a 40-hour week (evenings) as a security supervisor, sometimes sandwiching Sunday services with a brief nap in between before gong to my secular job. On top of that, I preside over Tuesday night Bible study and Saturday evening seniors’ devotion.
I always have my cell phone in case my congregants need me. It is not easy but it works most of the time. My days are often spent making calls or ministering to parishioners in crisis.
To succeed, yes, you must be an inspiring speaker and love people. But you should also be an inspiring human being–able to motivate people to be their best selves, even in crisis. Surprisingly, what’s required is an unquestioning faith in God.

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