Posted by Dana on August 19, 2003 at 13:43:48:
In Reply to: Re: Off topic question regarding harvest crusade. posted by Elizabeth on August 19, 2003 at 11:05:16:
Out of curiousity, I'd be interested in hearing more about your husband's past and present (personality, what he's gone through, what is career was/is). I personally don't think that a person needs a seminary degree to be a pastor (unlike most of my lutheran/presbyterian/methodist friends). But, I don't feel that someone should become a pastor without first being a "long-term" Christian. Now, being a pastor and doing part time/full time ministry are totally different. I think that any Christian should be doing his/her own ministry whether it be as a job or not.
I define ministries as doing something that #1) is was God has directed you to do-- most important. #2)Is something that you have shown to be an area of strength in your life. #3) You have the time and emotional committment to stick out.
I obviously know very very little about you and your husband. But, from the info that you have given, maybe both of you could eventually become marriage/family counselors. It takes an extremely strong couple to keep going after what it sounds like you have gone through. After your kids are grown, this might be an area to pursue.
Also, it sounds like your kids will be needing more group children's opportunites more as they are growing up. Showing that you can be stable role models for both them and other kids is a good first step.
I think taking the dream of being a pastor only after he's dedicated his life to Jesus a short time ago is a little premature.
I attend a medium sized congregation (about 300 people attend and it's non-denominational). We have had to let one pastor go because of infedility. One left unannounced and took half the congregation with him to start a new church, that was stressful for everyone. And one was just recently let go for having an unstable marriage and family life (he was an outreach pastor). No offense, but being a pastor is I think one of the hardest jobs. In scripure, God holds teachers (I assume that means preachers/pastors) to a much higher standard than lay people. They are accountable not only to themselves but also to all the people they are teaching. I am glad that I have not been called to as a pastor. I don't think I could do it.
But I do have strengths in other areas. I feel called to working with refugee families and finding material goods for needs that arrise. I am very good at finding deals/freebies. So that's what I do. Sunday, a guy came up to me and told me that he thought God was saying that I have a "healing ministry." Well, by faith I can accept that. But I certainly don't see it. I don't want to act like a doubting Thomas, but I don't feel as though this is something that God has given me. But, if this is what God wants, then so be it.
Speaking of a healing ministry- one of the congo refugees died this morning of cancer. Last night I went over to my friend's house (she works with refugees too and is very close with the lady who died today). She said that she felt that it was God's time to take her, but if we asked God to let her live, that he'd do it. So, I knew that this was my opportunity to pray. My son and I prayed a simple, "Let Rhahema live." But, she died.
I know life stinks sometimes. Just read Job. I also know that there is a whole lot more to this life than just living. So, here I am, muddling through this life. Trying to cling to God.
Enough rambling. I'd love to hear from you. Email me if you want.