Last week, for me, exemplified what it’s like to be a pastor. On Tuesday, I had a chance to see Milton Howg one last time before he died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer. I had a chance to pray over him and commit his soul to Jesus. Yesterday, after the service, I chatted with a young couple about marrying them in August and we discussed important logistics. They are so excited. I also had a chance to pray with someone who found her dream job. She’s been earnestly praying for a job like this for years now and she was so thankful. After church, Luke sent me a note about a new couple that has started to come to The River and wants to have their baby baptised. I’m going to visit them a week from Wednesday to talk about baptism and what it means. All of this made me realise what a privilege it is to be a pastor. I get to be there at all the important junctures in people’s lives; to pray with them, to grieve with the, to give thanks with them, to instruct them and to help them. Pastoring is busy and it isn’t always easy. But, there is a richness to what I do that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
The conference I attended in Orlando a few weeks back was fruitful. It’s not as much about sitting and listening to lectures, as it is connecting with like minded pastors from around North America who have planted multiple churches in their city or regions. The highlight for me is talking and networking with other Canadian pastors who also dream about reaching Canada for Jesus. One of my pastor buddies from Vancouver talked about how his church just planted two new churches in the last six months. Praise the Lord! Another friend of mine from London, Ontario, who leads a church of over 2000, talked about their vision to plant 5 satellite sites in the next 5-10 years. For those of you who don’t know, planting churches is one of the most effective ways to reach new people for Jesus. Please pray for all of these initiatives including OUR new plant, MosaicHouse East!
Yesterday, I talked about how if we want to follow Jesus (whose name means “God saves”) we need to join him in his mission to save lost people. This means rolling up our sleeves and actually helping. Right now, at The River, we could use some more volunteers in ministries like hospitality, children’s ministry, nursery, greeting and other ministries. If you’d like to volunteer, please let us know. Send us a quick e-mail or text and we’ll point you in the right direction. Even if you don’t know WHAT you want to do, let us know and we’ll help you figure it out.