A few months ago I was introduced to a saying during a pre-conference session entitled “The disciple making pastor” by Pastor Mark Dever.
PREACH & PRAY, LOVE & STAY.
This has become something I am striving to do as I serve as pastor at my church.
I am called to glorify God and make disciples one to one as well as one to many. I want to surrender myself to preaching God’s Word and not promoting programs. The heart of my ministry as a pastor is my private study of God’s Word.
I am called to pray for my church family and be an example to them on how to pray to God and pray for one another. I love my church and I want to stand in the gap, calling out to God in prayer for them.
I love my church! I desire to show my love for my church by serving them, serving with them, spending time with them, and helping them follow Jesus. I want to love my church through triumph, and tragedy. This is part of my own discipleship to help my church follow Jesus.
As pastor of an established church, I pray daily I can pastor our church at a pace our congregation can keep for the long haul. I believe the best days of our church are ahead of us! I hope and pray I can see those days as we help lead our church to be one that Glorifies God and Makes Disciples.
If you are a member of Shady Oaks Baptist Church, please pray for me as I seek to accomplish these goals as your pastor.