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Most of the members of FBCBA don’t remember calling a new pastor!  Many of our members were not here in 1986.  Some had not yet been born!  We have not elected a new pastor since October 1986.  The world was different then. Churches were certainly different then. And, the nation we call home is changing so rapidly that it is hard to keep up with the latest break with our Judeo-Christian history.

In times like this, God raises up men of God to be leaders.  The power of the pulpit when a heaven-sent, God ordained, Spirit-filled man preaches the Word of God has been and is the most powerful influence on the lives of people in any culture.  That is still true, and it is that truth that gives every faithful Christ-follower great optimism and hope in this “crooked and perverse generation”.

Have you ever considered the burden that a pastor carries daily? Above all else, his desire is to seek the LORD, to discern God’s wisdom, direction, and anointing for the work before him.  He is responsible for the church with all of her various levels of leadership required…. Things like administration, staff supervision, vision casting, leadership in evangelism, missions, ministry effectiveness, financial giving, construction projects, sermon preparation, funerals, weddings, personal “one-on-one” meetings or calls with members needing his counsel.  He is the ambassador of our LORD and of His church every moment of every day.  When he is in the office, staff and members expect to see Christ living in him through their encounters. In the community, the city often judges a church on the manner in which a pastor conducts himself.

When he is with his family, others are watching to see if he is a caring husband, good father, and delighted in his wife and children. If he is at a civic event, his conversation is always scrutinized regarding its “content and intent”. His attitude in working with the Baptist entities locally, state, and nationally will set the course for how those organizations respond when FBC or CBC is seeking help.

This is not “everything” he does, but it can give you a “drive-by” glimpse into his world.  Knowing the diversity of requirements and the many demands upon him, would you commit to praying for Matt, Bren, Major (9), Maggie Joy (7), Gracie Kate (5), and Tate (3), and a new baby due to be born early in January?

Please be reminded of some very important things that we must do as a church to be spiritually prepared for this significant vote.

  1. Pray for Dr. Matt Brooks and his family and for us to make them feel at home quickly.
  2. Pray for FBC and CBC to embrace this man of God as our Pastor who will bring a new voice and vision for the work of our campuses.
  3. Pray for the power and glory of God to be present in a mighty and tangible manner when we gather for worship on this Sunday… December 8.

I am praying with you as we pray for God’s Hand to rest upon us and guide His church as we walk together into the future our gracious LORD has planned for us!