I started going to my home church in April 1994 after having to leave Minneapolis where I was studying for ministry. I had to leave because of my health. I never told anyone at my home church how bad off I was because I thought God was calling me to pray for the church while I died.
Pastor Scott was one of my first friends at the church. He had a prayer meeting before the worship services at that time. I went to the prayer group when I was able to get up and get to church during the year of June 1994 to July 1995. In July 1995, the doctor finally diagnosed my problem and got me started on the medication I needed. In August 1995, he told me I was coming out of it.
The following Sunday, I went to the prayer group and said, “I am not going to kick the bucket” meaning I am not going to die. I had not told them how bad off I was, but they probably guessed it by looking at me.
Pastor Scott and I have been friends since that time. We went on a mission trip to Romania in June 1997. I have watched his children grow and now his son is a pastor and his daughter is married and helps lead worship.
We are polar opposites in personality. Pastor Scott is a planner. He has overseen many things for the church over the years. He likes to bring order to what is unorganized.
My personality is that of one who likes adventure, the unknown, and who likes to step out in faith to see what God wants to do. When a new people group comes to my city that no one knows much about, I love to spend time with them and learn about them to see what God is doing.
Over the years as I have been out among the new people groups. Pastor Scott has been a person I could count on to kind of be a lifeline or anchor. He has been the recipient of many emails from me that are- “I have an idea” emails.
Pastor Scott is changing to part-time status which essentially means semi retired. When I think about our friendship, I think about how each of us is gifted differently, but Jesus is the one who blesses.
In the church, we are not all gifted the same and I am thankful for that. If everyone was an adventurer like me, there would be no organization. If everyone was an organizer like Pastor Scott, there would be no new ideas or efforts. Jesus gifts us differently and brings balance to it all.
As 1st Corinthians 12 says:
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work”
I am so thankful that God has blessed me with friendships, like my friendship with Pastor Scott, that are friendships with people who are different than I am. There is no need for competition in the church. We have different callings but the same Lord.
So this story time post is my way of saying thank you to Pastor Scott as he transitions to a new role.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.