This month I will wrap up forty-two years of pastoral ministry. I have had the privilege of pastoring three wonderful churches in the Church of the Nazarene with the last twenty-five being here at Anderson First. The road traveled has not always been easy, but I can proclaim that God has been good. I am thankful for the preparation I received for ministry from Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. I am thankful for the many mentors who have helped shape and mold my life of ministry. I am thankful for my family who has given support and understanding across these years. I have been blessed beyond measure.
As you can imagine, across the years I have seen many changes. Times have changed. Trends have changed. Technology has changed. Society has changed. Attitudes have changed. On and on, the list could go. One standard I have tried to use as a guide is, “On preferences, be flexible. On priorities, stand firm and drive a stake.” While the church looks for better methods, God looks for better people. The great need of our day is not for better machinery or more novel methods. Our great need today is for people God can fill and use. God does not come on machinery or methods. He comes on people. And we will never be those people until we hunger and thirst for more of God. Nothing can stop those who hunger and thirst for more of God. So, I leave you with this final word. Get hungry. Get thirsty. Stay hungry and thirsty and you will be amazed what God will do!