Thanks to everyone who wrote or spoke words of encouragement after the last blog. It means a lot to know people are praying for you. It's never been harder to be a pastor than it is today. I don't think I could do it if were not for people like you.
I wish I could say this week was much better, but as a pastor and a Christian I try to refrain from dishonesty every chance I get. Not only was the offering Sunday not good; giving for the month failed to even meet fixed costs. You know what that's like I'm sure; when the ending balance in your checkbook this month is less than the last. With continued numerical growth there were more than two hundred less givers than normal. That means ministry expenses go up while the ability to meet those needs goes down. Ouch!
In an attempt to let the congregation know of the situation our minister leading the prayer for the offering Sunday asked me if he could be blunt about our situation. I said sure. Honesty never hurts, right? Wrong. There were some who have since compared us with a certain church that often plays the "were going broke card." Others began to question if we are hurting for money why are we about to enter a fund raising campaign to build again.
So in the midst of it all I was beginning to allow the enemy to get me down again. In what I can only attribute to your prayers, the Lord sent a young lady with some great words of encouragement. She came up to me after last Sunday's DB101 class in the Met. She explained how much Dallas Bay had meant to her and her husband and asked how she could learn more about the Bible and grow in her faith. She had never been in church before, but found Dallas Bay a place where she was accepted and did not feel out of place as she had other places. She said her friends were also attending DBBC and were unchurched and from all different backgrounds. They had all found a place they could learn and not be judged. Yeah Baby!!! Thank you Lord for sending this lady by just to affirm the vision you have given to me and so many others have bought into. Suddenly money problems and space issues became less oppressive. People, not buildings, are most important to our Lord. He's never had a money problem, anyway!
In His Shadow,