The Work of a Pastor
Have you ever considered how hard the job of a pastor is? Pastors are constantly helping people with their struggles, organizing community outreaches and weekly services, managing life groups and church staff…BUT on top of all of that, the pastor has a weekly public speaking engagement to prepare for. I’ve come to notice that most pastors rarely rely on their notes AND many pastors present the same message to multiple services. Can you image trying to construct impactful, Spirit-led messages EVERY week and know them well enough to give them virtually without notes? This has never crossed our minds until Kirby was so graciously invited by Pastor Dennis to give the message at Freedom Church in Osage Beach, Missouri.
The church had been in a series titled “stories”. The series featured testimonials each week followed by a message. Kirby, honored by the opportunity, worked diligently for weeks to structure a clear, relatable message for the congregation. His message was to follow my personal testimonial that week. After a lot of prayer, hours of practice, and many crumpled revisions, his message was borne.
The Day Finally Arrived
Sunday, September 18, Kirby shared a message on Spirit, Soul, & Body to two services. Kirby and I gained new appreciation for the work of pastors through this experience. We are all different parts of the body of Christ working together for a common purpose. Thankfully we are all equipped with unique talents and giftings to reach people that others can’t or may never reach. We so love Pastor Dennis and appreciate him now more than ever. We are extremely thankful that he allowed us to be a part of our church in such a big way.
The Quad Youth Group Hits the Water
After church and a quick lunch, the youth group met at Wake Effects for a day on the water with Kirby. They flip flopped into Wake Effects loaded down with towels, sunscreen, and big smiles. For many of these kids, it was their first time ever trying a form of watersports. It takes a lot of courage to get back behind the boat for the first time, and this group absolutely rocked it!
There were nine kids that participated and two leaders that attended. They took turns taking to the water spending the afternoon on the ZUP board, on the wakeboard, and doing a little wake surfing. Giving back to our community is an honor. Getting to share our passion and faith with young kids is one of the most fulfilling parts of what we do.
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