The essential elements of ministry to which there are no compromises constitute what I consider to be the core values on which I base my faith – and the sharing of that faith. First and foremost among these values is that all people hear the saving message of Jesus Christ and are provided the opportunity to accept His offer of salvation through Grace. Ephesians Chapter 2, verse 8 states, “For it is by Grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” It is undeserved and unearned, yet it is available every second of every minute of every day of a person’s natural life. I would simply like people to know that.
If a philosophy of ministry is like a business plan, I do not have one. I have not the experience necessary to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to preaching the Word and meeting the needs of a congregation.
At the age of 17, against all odds, God made it possible for me to leave Boiling Springs and attend California Lutheran University. It was there that my spiritual curiosity was piqued. It was there also that I first ignored God’s direct calling on my life. I came back from that place knowing that something special could have happened, but didn’t. Only now do I recognize how I denied the Holy Spirit as the driving force in my life. I came home, married the girl with whom I had been in love since our high school days together, and settled in for the next decade to make a life and build a career.
Pastor Brian is the senior pastor of Churchtown Church of God and regularly shares his thoughts & insight here - he invites you to join in the discussion of life & faith!