December And Still Swimming

Hi readers, (if there is any one actually reading of course) I am nearly 3 months, over 400 emails in and am still smiling. There have been moments of stress and over work, and exasperation at my general rubbishness at diary management, I have also been ill and lost a weeks work at the beginning of December, just when I didn’t need to!

In summary I am still a newbie at this malarkey, but and am working hard. God has been good to me and I know his nearness. I hope people have enjoyed and been challenged as I have worked for and with them. My hope is that in the past few months people have perhaps, in a small way, grown in God and that this thing people call their ministry is actually bearing some fruit in the lives of others.

Alongside the work I am reminded of the need to walk closely with God though this can be hard at times with so many distractions!
Merry Christmas

Andy

Diary Melts

 

Hi readers, is it November already!?! This ministry ride is very intense, I am keeping up, but am surprised my diary hasn’t melted with its intensive use. I had meant to post more regularly but my schedule is crazy and finding time is tough. Yet despite the three funerals this week and lack of prep time for preaching or indeed anything! I am still loving working for the church, and just beginning to sniff out what the lords plan might be here, which is exciting, I need to keep listening to people, to hear what the lord is saying as well take time out with the boss.

On a completely other tack I am trying to work out at the gym to try to lose some of my winter blubber, its tough but I must keep going.

speak soon

bye

First Steps

I begin this first post at the near beginning of my new role. As Methodist minister of three churches, GodLifeChurch is a blog that will chart the progression as I live out my faith in Jesus, and attempt to encourage others to do so as well. My hope above all that as much as writing this down will help me in the harder times, that it might be an encouragement to my readers, as well.
The first 30 days of looking after 3 churches, has been exhausting, intense and hectic, but through it all and there is a strong sense of being were God wants me to be and that’s amazing as well as comforting.As I have progressed through these early days, the thing that has surprised me is lack of time to prepare for services, and how much other good and great things I have to find time for. There are stewards meetings, church councils, planning meetings, kids groups to visit, people to visit, decisions to make and so on and so on.

My three churches are lovely and largely welcoming, and for some strange reason I can’t quite figure out, God has called me to take care of them. To love and nurture them and draw them closer to him and as we journey together in the years to come i hope to get to know them better still.

One of the things I wrestle with is, how much of ministry is personality and how much is God.  “Be myself” was the mantra i left college with ringing in my ears along with lots of other useful bits of information. Though honestly,  am not sure what that really means, because surely we need to emulate God’s holiness , not in a pious, holier than though religious sense. But we need become an example for others, a sign post that points out Jesus in the back yards of people’s lives.

Maybe I am naive and new and will look back at this post and think stupid ideals or perhaps I will just delete it!  I want to know how  to point people to God, to help them find him, become open to him and give God space to transform their lives and not for me to get in the way, by being a showman in worship or making silly jokes or any of the many quirkiness’ that I possesses. I guess I will continue to wrestle with were Andy ends and God begins for some time yet!

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