What is your ministry?
My current position could be defined as a pastor in training. The current pastor of our church is around 65, and in the next three or four years he is going to retire. My church and my denomination (FIEIDE) support me financially so I can study for a theology degree and do ministry in the church. It is not clear if I will be the next pastor of the church. I could also end up in another church in the same denomination. Within the church, I am part of the pastoral team and a member of the administrative board. I preach and do personal discipleship.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
I expect to learn from experienced pastors to deal with the usual challenges that a new pastor faces, including personal spiritual growth and conforming to the image of Jesus, a healthy balance between family and ministry, growing in my love for church members (especially the difficult ones), developing a God-centered vision for the church, learning to plan for the long-term, and designing a plan to form healthy and mature leaders.
What is your leadership role?
I am a pastor and a theology student. I am also part of a support group for a church in our denomination that has no pastor. I am one of five pastors who take care of the preaching and other pastoral matters for this church.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
My main challenges right now are my relationship with the current pastor and the lack of mature leaders in the church. Regarding the pastor and I, we used to have a good relationship, but as the years have passed, we see that we have different styles of leadership and fundamental theological differences. We still maintain a cordial relationship, but it is awkward for both of us to spend time together and speak about something meaningful. We care for each other and work together, but I know that things would better if we learned to work out our differences. I also need to learn to work with people with whom I disagree and put into practice a combination of grace and truth.