I have some exciting news and a Prayer request.
On Sunday night 12/27/09, the Pastor of the Church, with only 6 member resigned and appointed me as the new Pastor of the Church.
Earlier in the year we had a strong, and growing Church with about 30 members, the Lord was blessing and things were going great. Then we ran into some problems, and caused us to lose all but 6 of our members.
Sunday night we had 3 members missing due where they live and the weather reports of a pending winter storm (which thank the Good Lord, did not come). We had 9 people show up for Church, and the Lord Blessed us wonderfully. The former Pastor said that he felt like a great weight had been lifted off of his shoulder and God Blessing the Church Service the way He did was His Sign of Approval on the Change of Pastorship.
I have been a Christian since November 9, 1980, when I was 11 years old. Five years later, on the 3rd Saturday night in October 1985 (when I was 16 years old), God called me into the Ministry to Preach His Everlasting Word to a Lost and dying World. However, I did not announce my calling until Tuesday February 4, 1986 and would Preach the 1st time only 4 days later.
I have enjoyed being an Evangelist all these years, but I have served as an Assistant Pastor. I did take of a Church for six month that did not have a Pastor until the Lord lead me away from that Church. But this is the 1st time I have served as a Pastor, and I am going to need all the Prayers and help I can get.
The Church is not financially strong at all, and I not I am not asking for money from anyone, like so many others do and have done on many of this networks (shame on them). I work for a living to support my wife of over 16 years and my 3 children. I have a home based business that I have had to expand twice this year, and I am going to have to expand it again very very very soon to meet the growing needs of my clients. Please pray for my business, so I can find the additional financing I need to expand the business to the level I need to, to better support my family and the struggling Church, God has placed me over.
I do not pretend that I know what I am doing, because I don’t, but I know that God does. I am going to lean on the directions from the Lord, let Him build the Church the way He wants it built.
Someone once asked me why I wanted to be the Pastor of a Church, and I said, “I don’t, unless God wants me to”. “Nobody in their right mind would ever want to be a Pastor unless they were called of God to do that job”; the person who asked me the question, responded by saying that I had answered the question correctly.
My whole heart’s desire is to give God all the Glory and honor and Praise that I can in everything that I do, to support my family the way I need to, and to see as many people as I can come to the Saving Grace and Knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ before it is too late. I want to feed the flock that God has set me over to take care of, to see that people get the healing and deliverance they need in their lives. And lastly, to help as many people as I can, for as long as God has me upon this Earth. Then when all is said and I done, I look forward to the day when I can it all down and go home to be with the Lord forever, and I look upon His face and Worship and Praise Him throughout all Eternity.
May God Bless everyone on this network and your families and Churches. May you be Blessed in everything that you do for Glory of the Lord, and may you win many souls for the Cause of Christ Jesus.
Go in Peace my Brothers and Sisters in the Lord.
James D. Bartlett