Although I know that no church is or can be perfect, I am so looking forward to serving in this church and having a chance to affect lives for the kingdom of God. I have already seen many wonderful and drastic differences in my new church and my former controlling church and I feel I will continue to see more.
Here are some of the differences that I have seen so far and some I trust I will be seeing as time goes on and the church grows.
A pastor who is the leader of a democratic church and not a dictator.
A pastor who views himself as a servant and not someone to be served.
A pastor who expects me to work with him and not for him.
A church who sees the lost, the poor and the needy as good ground not as undesirables.
A church who measures the worth of the people by the fact that Jesus died of them and not by the size of their wallet.
A pastor who desires to preach and live the Word of God not to twist it to benefit his own personal agenda.
I feel as if I have been on a long journey across a vast ocean. An ocean of searching for a real church, searching for a man with character as a pastor, and searching for a church with a vision to be the hands and feet of Jesus. An ocean of wondering if I will ever feel at home in a church again, wondering if I could find a place where I can fully enter into praise and worship again, wondering if there will ever be a pastor that lives what he preaches, and a pastor that I can trust.
I feel as if I have set foot on the land of the new world. A world where I am excited about serving God alongside others. A world that will make a difference in peoples' lives for the kingdom of God. A world that views souls for the kingdom of God as profit and not dollars racked up and raked in for the pastor and his family as profit. A world where the pastor's vision is to help people in need pay their bills and not to pay for his own personal plane.
I humbly fall to my knees and thank God for bringing me to this new world, for rekindling the flame of love for Him in my heart and for allowing me the chance to serve in a place that will certainly make a difference in this community for the Lord Jesus Christ.