I finished preaching through a book of the Bible. I have been providing pulpit supply off and on since the end of June at the First Baptist Church of Bancroft, IA, as they have been without a pastor since April. I have been preaching through the book of 2 Peter on Sunday evenings and we finished the book this past Sunday.
I am very thankful for the opportunities to preach “regularly” lately since June. It does make for long days because when I travel by myself, I have to leave at 6:00 am and I return home the same evening around 11:00 pm. The church has been gracious to host a couple of pot-luck luncheons and an afternoon service that allow my family and I to return home much earlier.
Please pray for the First Baptist Church of Bancroft, IA as they search for a pastor and for me as I assist them during this time of transition by providing pulpit supply.
If you are interested in having me speak at your event or church service, please see my speaking page. I look forward to hearing from you!
Being a guest speaker can be tougher than being a pastor. Before you take issue with what I just said, please hear me out.
The reason why I say that is because when one is invited somewhere to speak and you do not know much about the church congregation or their struggles, it can be very difficult to know exactly what to preach that will meet the needs of the congregation.
It can also be tough because sometimes there can be a lot of travel involved. Last weekend, I drove over 300 miles roundtrip from home to preach at a church in Iowa. We left on Friday afternoon and went to my in-laws and then we left for church Sunday morning around 8:15 am and did not get back to my in-laws until almost 9:00 pm that night. Thankfully Monday was the Labor Day holiday.
I am not in any way trying to minimize a permanent pastoral role, but just wanting people to understand that life can be a bit challenging for those of us who can only gain speaking engagements outside of our local congregations. I appreciate the opportunities that I have. They tend to ebb and flow and are not consistent. Since I cannot seem to land a pastorate, this is the route I must take for now.
Dallas at night
Next week, I am headed to Texas on business. I am looking forward to the trip. Coupled with this trip will be some scouting/house -apartment hunting in the evenings. Our house hunt will begin in earnest on Friday AM. We are asking for God’s wisdom and direction as we undertake this task. Right now it is a monumental one because the apartment vacancy rate in the DFW area is between 4-6% (Source – Biz Beat Blog – Dallas Morning News)
In addition to looking for a place to live, we are also looking at schools and churches. We have an appointment at a Christian school and are trying to get a tour of a charter classical school. We found out that charter schools are very popular, especially those that use the Classical education method. We are currently 46th on a waiting list at one charter school.
I have also updated my speaking page as well. I am available for speaking opportunities within the context of the local church. See my speaking page for more details. It would be an honor to be able to serve your church while in the DFW area.
I am looking forward to the trip and seeing how and what the Lord will do as we seek His will in this situation. It is not easy to think about leaving MN because it has been our home for quite some time, but I also realize that there are no real substantial opportunities for full-time vocational ministry here either. I “hung out” for three years now and I am not any closer to being in full time vocational ministry. So it is potentially time to move on to see if maybe some opportunities manifest themselves in a new environment.
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At the top along with the other pages I have added a speaking page. Please understand that this is a work in progress. Referrals and suggestions are appreciated. This is a start but hopefully as I gain experience and opportunities that the page will improve also.