During Difficult Days, the Power of the Call

170201hard-times-stressed-silhouetteEver feel overwhelmed, depressed, discouraged, burned out by the demands that surround the ministry?

When the challenges of ministry and faithfulness in preaching the gospel began to overwhelm me, a book entitled The Power of the Call (Blackaby, Brandt and Skinner) was excellent reading.

Full-time and bivocational pastors deal with these same challenges at various times. Here are six tips to help us refocus during difficult days when we might even question our call: Continue reading “During Difficult Days, the Power of the Call”

Five DOM Lessons About Bivocational Pastors and Churches

bible-tools-bivoThe 18 years I served as a director of mission (DOM) were in an association that had a greater percentage of bivocational pastors and churches than full-time pastors and churches. Obviously I needed to learn quickly how to encourage, support and communicate with those in bivocational ministry.

Here are five lessons I had to learn if I wanted to be effective in working with bivocational pastors and churches: Continue reading “Five DOM Lessons About Bivocational Pastors and Churches”

A New Ministry Opportunity: Who, What, When, Where, How and Why

160511light-bulb-question-marks-chalkboardWho: I am John Parrott, who retired as Director of Missions in the Holston Valley Baptist Association in 2013, having served more than 18 years. Before serving as DOM, I served as a pastor. I have been involved in local-church ministry for 45 years. My wife, Kathie, is retired, having served as an educator for 31 years. We have a son and daughter-in-law and a daughter and son-law. Their families have given us five wonderful grandchildren. Continue reading “A New Ministry Opportunity: Who, What, When, Where, How and Why”