Do I take the job

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  1. Salty

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    Suppose your boss offers you a promotion. However, you must relocate at least 350 miles away - lets say to South Dakota. This promotion will increase your pay by 30% You visit the new area - but there is not a evangelical church within 100 miles. You have 4 children ages 3 -14.

    Do you refuse the job? If you do take the promotion, what will you do for the spiritual welfare of your family?
     
  2. Marcia

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    SD is only 350 miles from Syracuse, NY? :laugh:
     
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    Does the increase in pay get eaten by an increase in other costs? Are you isolated from other things that you will pay in gas to get to, or is the cost of living higher? If so, then the increase in pay is maybe not really worth it, esp. if there is not a good church for your kids.

    If the increased pay is good and needed, and you move, you'd have to train your kids at home in the Bible - and spend a lot of time on it. Of course, this should be done anyway as parents should not leave all the Bible learning to 1 hr. of Sunday School and/or 1 hr. of youth group.
     
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    I moved to an area where the nearest Baptist Church was 80 miles away round trip. I took a job lecturing in a theological college and eventually pastored a small church in the same city. BUT, in our immediate rea there was nothing, and we had to live with that. Sometimes I wondered and even wished, but it has worked out in many ways.

    It is a tough call, I must admit and money isn't everything.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Taking the OP at face value and under the assumption that I do not believe the HS is leading me to go... I would say no.
     
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    Why not take the offer and accept it as a mission calling from God? :thumbsup:
     
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    Unless I was being called by God to start a church work there or my Job is wrapped up in my calling, I would say no.
    My God is the Almighty one that I seek after and not only can but is fully able to give me what I need with out me seeking after the almighty dollar.

    I personally believe my family's spiritual well-being far outways their finacial status of top dollar makers. Besides if the Lord isn't leading then He has something even greater where you are or maybe elsewhere - you just have to wait on the Lord.

    But that is my nickel in the bucket.
     
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    You start one!!!!
     
  9. Spinach

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    This is a tough one and must be met with much prayer.

    The Lord called us to an area where there is no English preaching, I can relate to the lack of it, but it's a call and God provides for our Spiritual needs.

    I wouldn't go unless I was called, to be honest.
     
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    What is the job field?
     
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    Take the job and start a home bible study.

    Could lead to a home church fellowship. :thumbs:


    :godisgood:
     
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    Pray about and listen!

    Pray that God will make his will clear and give you peace with your choice.

    You said
    Well I guess that depends on how you define evangelical. If there is a city there then there are churches of some kind. The churches may not be what you are used to but they might include just the church God wants you to be a part of.

    Several posters have suggested you start a church. That may be God's will but I would want to be pretty sure before jumping on that.

    If God calls you to a new place and a new community things will change. Its not going to be what your used to, but that does not automatically make it bad.
     
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    Will fundalmentalist churches do?
     
  14. Salty

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    The entire narrative is completely hypothetical. The assumption is that the job is secular


    Thank you for all the posts,some interesting answers.
     
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    The answer would be different for everyone and I certainly can't speak for others. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. So I would pray and if I felt the spirit was leading me to go I would, if not I would not. Funny thing is, whenever the spirit has lead me to do something, my wife has always know ahead of time but never told me. So I would of course discuss it with the family also.
     
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    I wouldn't take the job. Last June, I interviewed for a job that would have moved us 8 hours south. I spent many hours searching for a good church before I even considered doing the interview. Obviously, you never truly know whether the church is good or not until you've been there, but I guarantee that if there hadn't been a good church, I wouldn't have taken the job, even though the pay raise was more than a 20% increase.

    Now, that was a fairly easy decision because there was a good church (you can't swing a dead cat in the Nashville area without hitting a Baptist church), and I still had a job. But, how about this question?

    Suppose you're a contractor for a large manufacturing company and your boss calls you into his/her office and says that your position is being outsourced to India. In order to continue being employed, you have to take a position that requires you to relocate to the place where the nearest evangelical church is more than 100 miles away.

    What will you do?
     
  17. Salty

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    His/her is incorrect English:love2:
    Your situation puts a completely different spin on things.
    Actually, the Army sent me to Wildflecken, Germany back in 1980. We were in the middle of nowhere. I attended the chapel - once - it was a waste of time. I started a Bible Study. After 6 months we began Sunday services. We saw many great things happen at Fellowship Baptist. In fact one of our members is now in New Guinea as a missionary. The base closed many years ago, but I believe that blessings will still occur because of the ministry of FBC.

    One other note - just prior to my arrival at Wildflecken, I was promoted to E-6. The job I has been"pin-pointed" for was an E-5 job. I should have been sent elsewhere, but I did end up in the "Chicken" A year later after the church was established, I finally was transfered to Mainz in a job equivalent to my rank
     
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    Brother, As tempting as it would be to take the job, we gotta remember that it is His will that we come together in His house. I see it as a no brainer. No church?? It is just another apple from the garden.
     
  19. Deacon

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    Its been quite a while since I've moved.
    Church and work are a big part of my life.
    I spend a lot of time in both places.

    I calculated how far I wanted to drive
    ...to my work
    ...to my church
    and how far the kids would have to walk to school (I never liked busing).

    on a map, I drew circles around my work place, the church and the schools
    ...and only looked for homes where the circles intersected.

    Of course we live in a very populated area which made it easier.

    If one job offers a 30% increase in pay, there will be others.
    I'd say take a pass on the offer.

    Back in 2001, I left a job for about a 30% pay cut so I could spend more time doing church stuff.

    Set your priorities, do what's best for you and your family.

    Rob
     
  20. Aaron

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    The job should be refused. One doesn't jeopardize the spiritual welfare of his family for money.
     

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