"I believe that the Christian version of 'Pay Yourself First' is 'Pay Yourself Second.' What this means is that, after you give to God, the very next thing you should do with your money is to use it to prepare for your own financial future." Broke Pastor
"[A]n angry congregant came in my office with a list of my 'faults.' I knew tension had been building for some time but wasn't aware of the specific issues. Almost as soon as he sat down, he blurted out 'I don't have any respect for you!'"
From Voice, Nov/Dec 2013. Used by permission.
I have the humbling opportunity to serve our Lord as a local church pastor in York, Pennsylvania. The church the Lord has brought into my life is currently a growing, family-friendly country church, positioned between historic towns and thriving farmland. But God’s work in my life to bring me where I am today started many years ago. I was raised in a pastor’s home, and was able to watch and observe my father as God used him to lead a local church. I saw him have good days and bad days, and learned from him many things which I incorporate into my own ministry.
However, when I realized the call of God in my life to become a local church pastor as well, I thought I knew it all. After all what else is there to learn that I have not already observed growing up in a pastor’s house? Naively I thought to myself, “this is going to be easy…it’s all I’ve ever known.” I was wrong, and the Lord taught me early, and often, lessons to mature me in my ministry.
As I grew in the real world of ministry I have learned life lessons along the way. I have encountered happy surprises and blessings, and have persevered through the challenges that “come with the job.” I would like to share some of those with you.
“The allowance is neutral to all religions. Without it, clergy in small congregations of all sorts would be penalized and harmed.”