It is hard to believe that only three years ago, I didn’t think that I would ever pastor a church again. It is not that I had a bad experience at my previous churches. I pastored for nine years at Woodford Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Meaford and I have extremely fond memories of my time there. Those congregations treated my family and I very well and were tremendously supportive.
But I thought that after my time there that I might be done with pastoral ministry. I definitely needed a break, I just didn’t know if there would be an end to the break.
During my three years after that time in ministry, I considered applying to churches. At some points it was simply because that was what my education and experience qualified me for. But I didn’t want that to be the real reason for me returning to ministry.
Then I applied for the pastoral position at Queen Street Baptist Church.
This did not feel like applying for a position because I needed a job. The moment that I met the search committee, I felt a connection with these people. Was it it because QSBC was in the city that I grew up in? Was it because I had a couple of connections with congregations? I don’t know.
What I can say is that as I approach the end of my second year at QSBC, I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I feel energized for ministry and I greatly appreciate the people in this congregation.
Today as we were in church, I really enjoyed being there. I felt like I was with the people I’m supposed to be with, doing the things I’m supposed to be doing.
Despite the fact that I’m pushing 50, I’m keenly aware that there is still much for me to learn. I’m very much still a student of ministry and I’m trying to grow and develop each day.
My Good News is that I’m enjoying ministry and enjoying my church. I look forward to what the future holds for us together at QSBC.