My Dream for Southside
This past September (2022) marked my three year anniversary as Pastor at West Bradenton Southside. These three years have been a wild ride. This ride included becoming a bi-vocational Pastor (after 24 years of full-time ministry). I was ordained as a Southern Baptist Pastor through West Bradenton Baptist Church. I Accepted a role as a Spring Training Baseball chaplain for an MLB and MiLB baseball team. I led a small (very small) church through a pandemic (and we survived!). I took a full-time maintenance position (of which I am highly under qualified) at a Christian school. I was commissioned and sponsored as a Church re-planter through the North American Missionary Board's Send Network. And I am the worship team and tech supervisor for Bradenton Christian School. To say I stay busy would be an understatement, but I wouldn't change a thing.
10 Lessons I Learned in Ministry
This week I celebrated my one year anniversary as Pastor of West Bradenton Southside (my current church). It is also the two year anniversary from the day I was asked to sign the resignation letter from my previous church because I stood up for the truth. Happily I can say I am in a much healthier place today, both spiritually and emotionally.
Here are 10 lessons I have learned in 26 years in ministry...
Are You In Ministry?
I know many of you have been through the wringer, hurt, or have been betrayed while serving God in the ministry. My heart breaks for you, but there is hope on the other side. If you need to talk, I am happy to listen. I have found that talking with others is one step in the healing process. I am not a counselor, but I have had my share of ministry pain. If you would ever like to talk please feel free to contact me through the "contact" link and I would be happy to call you and talk.
If you have ever spent time on a stage you are aware of the feeling of anticipation, excitement and fear you experience before the curtain rises. Once the curtain rises you have two choices… you do what you were meant to do, or you run away. Here in the garden, the curtain (if you will) raises, Jesus sets the stage for the plan of his departure from this earth. This is the time that he has been talking about and preparing for since his public ministry began.
In the garden, Jesus is confronted by a band of soldiers who have been brought to the garden by Judas, the captain and officers of the Chief Priests and the Pharisees. Unbeknownst to many is what lies before him is the cup which the Father has given to him to drink and soon Jesus takes the cup and endures, because this is his moment...
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Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored A Lent Devotional (A Spiritual Journey to Lent) an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). All three are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.