Last Post of “Ron’s Reflections”

RM Logo 500“Ron’s Reflections” has a new address: http://redemptionministry.org . Along with the new location will be a new blog name: Redemption Ministry. The address is: http://redemptionministry.org/blog/ . It can be accessed through the Redemption Ministry (RM) website or directly by the previous link.

My goal, desire, and prayer through God’s providence in my life and ministry (My unique experiences as pastor) is to “Comfort others with the comfort by which I have been comforted by God” (2 Cor 1:3-7). I’m asking God to help me find hurting, wounded, and struggling ministers so I can (If He so allows) help them through the unique trials ministers face. Here are a few of the resources from Redemption Ministry…

You are not alone.” Testimonies given to RM from Junior Hill, Rick Lance, Mike McLemore and others with more to come (GW).

Healing For Hurting Ministers.” This is a process I’ve relied on for years during my difficult times as a pastor (Minister Resources).

Helping Staff Reconcile.” For when there are problems between staff at a church (Church Resources).

How you can pray if you are so led…

For God to be glorified through Redemption Ministry,

For God to “make the connections” with ministers and churches to encourage and help as He wills,

For a project I’m working on titled, “Dancing In The Dungeon.”

I close this blog address with “I Asked The Lord That I Might Grow

When Sidelined By God

Side Lined“This is counsel for you who are temporarily laid on the shelf. Some of God’s best workers have been laid aside for long periods. Moses was forty years in the desert, doing nothing but tending sheep. One greater than Moses, our Blessed Savior, was thirty years doing — I will not say nothing, but certainly doing no public work.

When you are retired or inactive, prepare for the time when God will use you again. If you are put on the shelf, do not rust; pray that The Master will polish you, so that when He uses you again you will be fully ready for the work.

While you are laid aside, I want you to pray for others who are working. Help them and encourage them. Do not get into that peevish, miserable frame of mind that grudges and undervalues other’s efforts. Some people, when they cannot do anything, do not like anyone else to work. Promise that if you cannot help, you will not hinder. Spend time in prayer, that you might be fit for the master’s use.” (C.S. Spurgeon. “Beside Still Waters” edited by Roy H. Clark, page 9).

Dysfunction In Churches (Pastors And People)

RM Logo 2True story: At a church business meeting the Pastor was told by a deacon, “I have a knife and I plan to use it on you tonight.” Then another deacon opened the door to the church and said, “See that ambulance? I plan to put so much pressure on you tonight they take you out and put you in it.”

God willing, I desire to find hurting and struggling ministers like this brother to help and encourage them. I am calling this endeavor Redemption Ministries. My observation and experience is that many ministers are hurting and wounded, as are churches. Many churches are ailing because the ministers and staff are ailing physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If God will allow, I want to find these ministers and become a “Onesiphorus” to them (2 Tim 1:16-17). I also desire (GW) to help and encourage congregations that are troubled.

My thinking is that if God would allow me to help, support, encourage, and strengthen His under-shepherds (Ministers)… then they would better be able to do the same thing for the sheep of His pasture (Congregants)… that would result in healthier congregations… by which God is glorified.

I’m asking God to allow me to bring meaningful resources to ministers (And possibly their congregations) for comfort, healing, and restoration. In Scripture it is called “speaking the truth in love” (Eph 4:15). There will be massive doses of encouragement… affirmation… comfort… counsel… support… prayer… and practical helps I am pulling together that will be on a website soon (GW).

Why this ministry? Because I have been in difficult situations during my 23 years of pastoral ministry. Most pastors I know struggle without adequate support and resources. I have struggled alone, wept bitterly, been confused, questioned my calling, not slept, been depressed, and deeply wounded by the words and actions of others in congregations. I know what it is like to make mistakes and beat myself up because of them… AND have God comfort me through them all! Thus I want to live out what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.

SDG