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We have been here for just over a year.

It was hard in the beginning a lot of folks were following the former Pastor instead of the Lord and finally (PTL) left. Since then we have seen tremendous growth.

We started a Bible Institute last Monday and had 17 show up and yesterday had four more sign up. We are really excited to see folks want to grow in the Lord.

Tina

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Well there are a couple still left that are disgruntled/bitter but they are in the minority. It is our prayer that they will get turned around and focused on the vision my husband has for the Church.

It took about 10 months to get it turned around. I think it was the hardest year of our lives in the ministry. It's nice to look back on it now and just sigh and give the Lord the glory.

When a Pastor and his family leaves a church they needs to do just that LEAVE. Don't keep coming back, don't stir up strife, cut your ties for at least a year and let the people fall in love with the new Pastor. (Hey, I need to write a book!)

It is wonderful tho when you place it in the Lord's hands and let Him deal with it. Never under estimate the power of the Lord.

:)

Tina

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you are absolutely correct. When my wife and I leave in February, we don't plan on returning until the new pastor invites us back. We love the people, but they need to get behind the new pastor.

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I have grown to really appreciate him as we are in the transitional stage. I will actually be ordaining him on February 18th and then installing him on the 19th. He is a real scholar and I can tell that he has a love for people.

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OK, Pastorj and Tina, you two are officially :ot: This is your first and only warning! (Ah, well rested from the church-planting conference and back to my ornery ways :mrgreen: )

To get back on topic:

Mitch Holmes
Pastor
Rolling Hills Baptist Church
Anita, Iowa

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That question is :ot:

Just kidding, Tina. I think it's a requirement that most topics go off-topic within a short time.

In fact, a few of us specialize in it. I just grabbed the opportunity to use the :ot: emoticon that's used against me a lot.
:frog
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My name's Lexy. I just got saved this past year and God has called me to be a preacher. I'm not in any partcular full time ministry yet, but I'm working a lot at the church I go to now (North Gainesville Baptist Church www.ngbcfl.org) and my pastor has given me many opportunies to "get my feet wet" in the ministry, such as leading music, bible studies, devotions, hospital visits (just generally sticking by him when he's doing all that "preacher stuff" between church services! :D ), and I've even been allowed to preach a Wednesday night service. Throughout the course of this past year (and ESPECIALLY that wednesday night!) the Lord really confirmed the call to preach on my life and now I have a genuine peace that it's what He wants me to do!

P.S. Bro. Matt said I could join :frog

P.S.S. Sorry, I've never been able to use a childish remark like that! lol j/k

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Do you really like grits and molasses?

Me too. :frog My father in law use to grow and cook molasses, it was very good.

I have been aming to ask those from the north if they know what cornbread is.

Welcome.

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Hello my name is Ryan Olson I am director of a ministry called Bible Senders www.onlinebaptist.com/biblesenders. Our main goals is to provide needy biblically sound missionaries and Pastors with Bibles and other scripture. We can use any new and used bibles tracts etc. I also recently just started a website at http://xsorbit30.com/users5/thebiblesenders/index.php I am hoping to compile a list of resources where people can get materials to witness. I am also hoping to get a decent sized discussion board of ministry type thing no fluff just good articles and stories about witnessing etc. God bless. :)

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Hello my name is Ryan Olson I am director of a ministry called Bible Senders www.onlinebaptist.com/biblesenders. Our main goals is to provide needy biblically sound missionaries and Pastors with Bibles and other scripture. We can use any new and used bibles tracts etc. I also recently just started a website at http://xsorbit30.com/users5/thebiblesenders/index.php I am hoping to compile a list of resources where people can get materials to witness. I am also hoping to get a decent sized discussion board of ministry type thing no fluff just good articles and stories about witnessing etc. God bless. :)


...and I am his wife Stephanie :D
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My name is Greg Schneck, married 26 years, two sons college age. Saved in 1984, Associates Bible Degree in 88, Preached as a lay preacher (small church of 30) 90-92. I have filled pulpits and etc. since that time.

Was called to full time ministry last year. I'm currently seeking the church God has called me to pastor. I don't know where it is yet but HE does!

I am IFB, KJV by conviction, and I oppose CCM, Willow Creek, The Warren method, etc. Of course, this stand makes finding a church extremely difficult. Church planting is also an option.

My heart aches as I see church after church going the "new" way....

My heart aches as I see no leadership in churches. Just today I had a followup call with a church I had been talking to. My resume was to go before the church last night. The result?..... Two ladies in the church said I couldn't candidate due to my stand on the KJV. So I was politely turned away.....

My resume may be seen at http://greg.thinkbible.org

I might also ask that you take a look at one of my other sites:
http://www.needpastor.com

We have good men of God who need to find a church! Let help!

I count it privilege to be a part of this group. Thank You.

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Welcome Brother, glad you found us. I suppose I'm a lay pastor, but I never rightly think of it that way being as God has taught me much throughout the years in attending church services, learning from teachers in Bible study classes, and pastors proclaiming the Word.

One of my former pastors came to me one Sunday and inexpertly asked me, how would you like it if I taught you a course on the Bible one on one, we will meet one night each week and have a class. Of course I said yes very quickly, what a great opportunity for a country boy who lives in a rural area. This lasted 2 years. That was back in the mid 80's. I often wonder why he came to me and asked about that, did he know something I didn't? Or maybe God just led him to do it.

But it was not till sometime in mid 96 that I felt God calling me to preach. When this happened I had to do a bit of study, that is make sure Baptist were correct, and be sure this was God's will for me. After being sure, in May 97 I surrendered to the Lord to preach the Gospel and my church license me to preach.

Which during the time that I surrendered to the Lord and I was ordained I did attend a Bible course at a local church, which during the 2nd semester I had to have some major neck surgery, but managed to stay in it, during the 3rd semester I again had to have another neck surgery, this time it hit me a bit harder and I was unable to stay in the course.

From the time I surrendered to preach, I preached in many Baptist churches around our area. February 2001 I was called and asked to preach at the church I'm now pastor. Shortly after they called me to be their pastor and I accepted and was ordained. So far they have not tried to run me off. It's a small country church in rural Arkansas.

I remember once, my pastor told me, Jerry don't give up, a church is going to call you to be their pastor, I can just feel it.

I remember replying to him, well I don't know, but if God just wants me to fill in at different churches that is just fine with me, if He calls me to a church, that to will be find with me, in the mean time I'm just going to take it one day at a time and let Him take care of the future. I think maybe he though I was getting a bit depressed about it, but I was not, I was really enjoying that time period and still learning so much that one day would come in very useable.

Oh, I was saved way back in 1961 just before my 15th birthday. Now that makes me feel old for some reason!

Again welcome, and just let the Lord take care of it, and everything will work out right good.

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