Where a Desperate Small-Town Pastor Found Hope

| February 18, 2015

I'm an insignificant pastor in a small church in a forgettable town. Many of my friends have gone on to plant or pastor successful churches with explosive growth, vibrant community, and gospel fruit. That hasn't been my experience. My guess is, there are a lot of you out there in the same boat with me.

It's not like I've been sitting on my hands. I've been preaching the gospel in the local high school twice a month, teaching the Bible in the middle school, and doing one-on-one discipleship with unbelievers through the book of John. I've been trying to meet people at the local gym, having conversations and sharing the truth about Christ. Every Sunday I encourage our members to go and advance the gospel into our community. We've been hosting a small group in our home for more than a year now in hopes that it would provide an environment for true discipleship.

But still no fruit. I don't mean God hasn't done anything; I'm thankful for the many evidences of his grace and mercy in the lives of believers. What I mean is, I still haven't seen new believers repenting of their sins and turning to Jesus. God…

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