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  1. Senior Pastor Jim Etheridge April 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    As you rightly point out, it is often easier to leave than stay. Many confuse the desire to run with “God calling me elsewhere.” The flesh easily justifies flight when the right and more difficult thing to do is stay; “bloom where you’re planted.” God did not call you to start a work, then abandon the sheep. Jesus said only a hireling does that. When today’s average tenure is 2 1/2 years, the sheep appreciate — no, NEED — someone who’s committed, long term. If we expect commitment from them, shouldn’t we model it ourselves?

  2. Jennifer Zimmerman April 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    This pastors wife is not willing to rip my kids from their home on a whim! In my experience there is no “calling”, just a list of pros and cons. No heavens parting, no angels singing…just a decision to stay or go. Church jobs are not stable jobs, so why relocate for one?

    • Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son because God asked for it, why shouldn’t we be willing to expose our children to a radical faith in God? Following God is not a whim, it is a decision made carefully and prayerfully. Ministry is not a “church job”, it is a spiritual calling. With all due respect, if there is not a calling, there should not be a ministry. Your philosophy towards ministry seems awfully cynical and carnal to me. If your husband’s attitude is as carnally pragmatic as yours, then he really needs to get a day job and leave ministry to those who are called to do ministry. If there is a schism between you concerning your philosophies of ministry, I pray God unifies your hearts on His will. Might I suggest reading the Bible, particularly the parts about men and women who were called to serve in the ministry, giving special attention to their perspective and philosophy of ministry?

      “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 (ESV)

  3. Jarrod Kendall April 10, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Thank you for the great word! I appreciate your wisdom.

  4. Thanks for the good words. I agree with you 100% on being willing to fallow Him anywhere. We don’t here enough encouragement (like you have given) on taking risks and being willing to take faith steps forward. My family and I did this five years ago and left everything to start a church. Now we are waiting on Him once again and it has been hard when there are so few pastorates available and so many looking. Faith and trust in Him and his leading is all we have. He uses these times to make us stronger and builds up our faith. Thanks again! Steve