A Pastor’s Testimony of Thanksgiving

I’m a grateful pastor.  First of all, I’m thankful that I’ve been a pastor of the same church for almost five years.  This December we will celebrate our fifth anniversary in our current church. It’s been proven that, generally speaking, longer pastoral stays lead to healthier churches, so I’m thankful that we’re moving into the next stage of our pastor-church relationship.  I’m also thankful that we’re currently focusing on Neighbourhood Life.  Fewer people are coming to us to hear the gospel, so we need to go to them and meet them where they’re at. So, I think this is a step in the right direction.  I’m also thankful for the many mentors that help me grow spiritually, including my spiritual director, my spiritual companion (a fellow pastor), my small group (my local ministerial association), and the various authors I read.  All of these mentors help me grow spiritually and make me a better pastor.  So as you can see, this pastor feels very blessed.  How about you?  What are you thankful for?

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