One of the most shaping seasons of my life emerged when I was employed as a distribution manager for a secular organization. This six-year chapter of life opened up between my earliest and present ministry experiences. The LORD worked through the pressurized nature of consumer demands to expose my deficiencies in authentic servant-hood and humility. This same experience helped create a category of empathy, which was not previously there, for the non-compensated elder who serves faithfully in the church as he manages a full-time secular job. The Spirit of God weakened the abundance of my theological pride and increased the shortage of my affection for Jesus Christ. Through the discipling influence of The Bible Church of Little Rock and the shepherding grace of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, the grace of God enriched me to be a more thoughtful husband, a more attentive father, and a more caring pastor. My life verse has become:
Who is like the LORD our God, Who is enthroned on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heaven and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the needy from the ash heap, To make them sit with princes, With the princes of His people. He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 113:5-9)
These experiences and others have prepared me for the current role of Pastor for Preaching and Mobilization here at Urban Harvest Fellowship. Shepherding from the pulpit is most effective when preaching becomes a mere overflow of personal worship that provides tender soul-care for the listener. May the LORD enlarge the limitations of my own heart to excel in this respect, and may He spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of peoples through Jesus Christ at UHF. It is an inexpressible privilege and joy to mobilize the Christ-exalting people of UHF, into significant areas of discipleship and spreading, through soul-care in the pulpit and life-on-life in the living room.