It is Worth it All

I know there are those that think ministry is all glamorous and all Pastors do is spend an hour or two getting ready to preach. Yet there really is a lot that goes on behind the scene. For the majority of Pastors who lead small churches we really do take on a lot of different tasks. We may be praying for someone in the hospital followed by cleaning the bathrooms at the church.  Then there are the 2 AM phone calls and calls to the plumber to fix the busted water pipe.  Janice and I will preach on Sunday and then be the last to leave to turn off the lights, air and lock up. Make no doubt, we have some of the hardest and most dedicated volunteers that put in endless hours to make ministry happen. 

Praying with our neighbors

Please do not think that I am complaining but sometimes ministry is just plain work. However, beyond all the work and sleepless nights that go along with my calling I would not change it for anything in the world.  Two weeks ago we visited a couple of neighborhoods where we were able to pray with others in our community. This past Saturday we finished a 3 night Revival.  Multiple people were miraculously healed, and two young people gave their life to Jesus.

 Dedicating RamyaDedicating Ramya

Then on Sunday morning Janice and I were able to dedicate beautiful baby Ramya and baptize little Roger.  It was worth coming in on Saturday to clean out the baptismal pool. Ministry is often composed of long sometimes mundane days but then God shows up and changes someone’s life for eternity. So yeah, it is worth it all. It is a wonderful adventure of a life time.

Roger is Ready

Roger is Ready

 The Plunge of FaithThe Plunge of Faith

 All Washed - And Heaven Cheered!! All Washed – And Heaven Cheered!!

 

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About Jon Stallings

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.
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  • http://contemplativemonk.com/ Bob Holmes

    Thank you Jon for all you do! But come on, you only scratched the surface. There’s an iceburg of stuff nobody ever sees. Pastors are the heart and soul of the church.

    • http://www.jonstallings.com/ Jon Stallings

      Yes Bob I only scratched the surface. I was trying not to come across as whining or as making it all about me. I also had to keep it under 500 words :)

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