For anyone who happens to stumble across this little blog I want to give an explanation. This blog exists to be a journal of sorts. I am a young pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention serving in a small rural church. I hope to post about my journey as a pastor, as I seek to shepherd the flock that God has given me.
I hope to be candid.
This blog will probably not be filled with trite inspirational posts intended to lift your self esteem. Though, I hope my journey is encouraging to some. To any pastor serving faithfully in obscurity, I stand with you. I am in your shoes. Your struggles are my struggles, and your triumphs my triumphs. I will post about the struggles I face in my church. I will post about the good and the bad of pastoring a small, rural, southern church, and the balance that I hope to maintain as a pastor, husband, father, and student.
1 Peter 5:1-11
5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 nTo him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Soli Deo Gloria