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Fork in the Road

Discussion in 'Prayer Requests & Praise' started by Salty, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. Salty

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    I am currently the interim pastor of an American Baptist Church, here in Central New York.
    They are basically conservative - the main disagreement have is that they accept (and in the past
    have had) women preachers.

    After a year and 1/2 the pulpit committee is finally making some headway. It is possible they might
    have a candidate. However, they are considering sharing a pastor with another church, which is about 15 miles away. They were in the situation for five years. IMHO - that decision has caused the church to have virtually no growth. I have been there for 6 months. In that time, I have visited many members - some who haven't attended for years A few of them have come back.

    Now, here is the situation. I am Southern Baptist - at the time - this is acceptable to me and the ABC church.

    However,in our city there is an extremely small SBC church only 2 - maybe 4 members. The pastor is 85+ and has for the past year, showing signs of dementia. However, he refused to step down. (something I recommended a couple of years ago to the church. Yesterday, I found out the pastor is in the hospital - I think they said - due to infections. Well, the two active members have finally decided it is time for the pastor to step down - and if necessary - to possibly vote him out.
    There was a short discussion - about me becoming the pastor

    Here is the fork - the ABC church is paying me $800 a month. The SBC currently pay the pastor about $150 a month. Since I do not know how long I will be at the ABC church......

    I do have some other retirement income - ( am currently semi-retired )

    Some difficult decisions coming up.
     
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    I see that your post was made in August and it is now October. How dfid it all work out?
     
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    Last month, the SBC church had a business meeting and voted to declare the pulpit vacant.
    At that same meeting the church voted me as pastor. I then gave the ABC church 30 days notice.
    This coming Sunday, will be my last week at the ABC church,
    I begin my ministry at Christian bible on 1 Nov!
    The pay is only about 15% of what the ABC church is paying -- thus a big pay cut.
    As the church grows, my salary will as well also.
     
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    May God bless and use you fruitfully in this undertaking!!:Thumbsup:Thumbsup
     
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  5. Salty

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    Thank you -
    Mrs Salty is a bit concerned - as I just retired from my bi-vo job - so this is a step of faith.
     
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    I saw where you reported membership between two and four. Approximately what kind of attendance numbers do you have there? Is the church in a sparsely populated area?
     
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    Population of the City of Oneida* is 10,912 - The metro area outside the city would have another 2,000 population.
    (Oneida is also a county - but the city of Oneida is not in the County of Oneida.)

    Christian Bible Church has only had 2-4 members - there were maybe 5 or 6 others attending on a recurring
    basis -but for whatever reason would not join. Though one individual told me that he would never join a church
    because he would never put himself under the authority of a man. BTW, I was informed that the pastor had never
    joined the church. He had been pastor for about 10 years. I did attend briefly - a few years ago, but I did not stay
    due to the pastor.

    Faith Baptist had been running about 6 people - but a couple of situations arose. We ended just having a Bible study
    on Thursday nights - in an attempt to determine what the future would hold. Around that time the ABC asked me to
    be interim pastor, of which I accepted. However, I did continue the Thrus night Bible study as Faith Bap. One of the
    attendees was a member of Christian Bible, as that church did only had Sunday service. During the past few months
    the CB - pastors physical and mental/emotional was declining constantly. At this point - Christian Bible declared their
    pulpit vacant - and then asked me to be the new pastor. From a legal point of view -we had a church merger. Now here
    is an interesting part of the story - one of the attendees at the ABC church - who came thur my visitation - used to be a
    member. He told me that when he was a member (late '80's) there was an attendance of 80-100!

    This past Sunday we had an attendance of 5. One person who wanted to come -had something come up - and
    my wife did not come because she works every other Sunday at the hospital.
    This week our DOM will be preaching - and he is excited about the future of Christian Bible and Oneida
    of Christian Bible- years ago ( he recently moved back to NY from NC)

    Hope this answers your question.
     
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