Since being placed on ‘candidate status’ in The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod in the summer of 2011, when the congregation in which I was ordained and first installed found themselves unable to afford two full-time pastors, I’ve been working in the background on a business plan. Initially it was a foolish effort to find a way to be self-sufficient when fear anxiety persuaded me that I had wasted some five years of my life going to seminary.
Since then, God has abundantly supplied my needs. I have nearly continuously served in pastoral ministry in spite of not being permanently called. The first few months through “pulpit supply,” but since early 2012 I’ve been serving in congregations that are in “vacancy” (i.e., without a permanently called pastor).
As I look at the last two years of my life through the lens of Scripture, the Holy Spirit has assured me of Jesus’ words, “do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”
What started as a desire to be self-sufficient in the face of adversity has turned into something else – a desire to use my background and skills to assist others who are facing adversities of their own. I’m still pursuing my business plan, but much of the plan and most of the purpose has changed.
You are invited to read more about it and join with me to increase the ministry to God’s people as He gives me opportunity and ability.