Support man


Pastor George Neos prays before the Apple Valley outreach.

Pastor George Neos prays before the Apple Valley outreach.

I was reminded how lonely and hard is pioneering a church. You leave the loving mother church and go with your family to a new city and pass out flyers and knock on doors to invite people to a small building, usually a park room that’s cold and smells bad.

You do this for years and eventually rent a

Pastor Mike Jones and Pastor John Murless coordinate passing out the flyers

Pastor Mike Jones and Pastor John Murless coordinate passing out the flyers

storefront. You work night and day. You have to support your family with a job, but your real job is pastoring, and you neglect your own family to take care of your the fledgling  spiritual family. Forget about your own entertainment. There’s none of that.

What you long for — and what you least get — is

We came across this random shopping cart with tumble weeds in it. I teased the locals that tumbleweeds is what you shop for in the High Desert.

We came across this random shopping cart with tumble weeds in it. I teased the locals that tumbleweeds is what you shop for in the High Desert.

some support. People come into the church wanting to be served, not wanting to serve — at least at first. Well, I joined a Saturday outreach in Apple Valley, the high desert city practically founded by cowboy Will Rogers about 100 miles out of L.A.

We knocked on doors inviting people to an

Frank Cervantes enjoys the chili dogs served between outreaches

Frank Cervantes enjoys the chili dogs served between outreaches

evening concert and revival services. One lady pulled up with a caravan of three cars loaded with family. She gave her heart to the Lord that night.

We live in the age in which everyone wants to be the still-undiscovered internet sensation who swoops onto independent fame and riches as soon as our self-importance is

This girl was a trooper. She walked miles in both outreaches and stayed up late enjoying the concert. She never got tired, never cried.

This girl was a trooper. She walked miles in both outreaches and stayed up late enjoying the concert. She never got tired, never cried.

discovered. Ha!

It’s better to support a cause greater than yourself. It’s better to help. When we bless and serve others, God takes care of us.

The prayer warrior is a support man. The troops on the battle front desperately need the support of the military’s infrastructure. There is nothing less important about being support crew.

 

22 responses to “Support man

  1. This is so true. I did church planting for 8 years. The most difficult but truly the most rewarding time in my life.

  2. This is an awesome message to remember, God helps those who help others.

  3. A timely reminder, specially for those of us in ministry who have giving it our best shot.We do have our pressing place, and most importantly God knows how to open doors and bring the blessings in. Press on Sir.

  4. A down to earth yet way up in Truth blog!!!
    Keep-on Keep-PEN-on

  5. Thanks for this post. In the process of planting a church now.

  6. Thanks for the post!

  7. …people come to be served…and not to serve!

  8. Loved this. My dad did new-and/or small church work when he started his ministry. I’ll never forget how excited he was when his first work actually grew enough to do all the legal stuff to become a church. Hard work, but SO worth it!

  9. You are right…more than a commitment…it is a life 🙂 . So much growth can happen because there is such passion and thirst. Fantastic post 🙂 . Take care! 😀

  10. timely word as usual. thanks:)

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