My first six weeks at Wilkesboro Baptist Church has been a bit of a whirlwind. I can hardly believe we’ve sold a house, moved all our stuff, concluded one ministry, begun another, all in the last 90 days. My first six weeks at the church have included baptism, the Lord’s supper, a funeral, deacon’s meeting, finance committee meeting, deacon ordination, pastor installation service, and a church business meeting. It’s been a fun whirlwind.
I’d like to share a few initial observations about my time so far:
- I remain convinced God placed me here at Wilkesboro Baptist Church. Not only did I sense God’s leadership here, but the church is a good fit for me and my family.
- Preaching weekly is a joy. Having the opportunity to pray, think, plan, study, and preach through sermons and series is an incredible privilege. I am thoroughly enjoying this aspect of my ministry.
- My church is fantastic. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming. From the meals, gifts, and cards, to the banana pudding and pound cake, my family and I feel welcome. Thank you Wilkesboro Baptist Church.
- God has blessed Wilkesboro Baptist with a wonderful staff, deacon body, and church leaders. I look forward to the years working together to accomplish God’s mission of making disciples.
Let me offer this word of exhortation from my pastor, Dr. Greg Mathis. He shared these thoughts regarding an effective ministry at my installation service on September 27. Let us forgive early and often (show the grace and forgiveness to one another that Christ showed to us), protect our priorities (keep God first in all that we do), evaluate our attitude (don’t be judgmental, bur rather be humble and contrite), remember the power of prayer (depend on God’s favor and power), and clean our hearts daily (deal with self regularly).