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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:27 pm

So a quick thing. What I met with my pastor about was to discuss the fact that I've felt called to formal ministry since I was 17 (19 years). We (him, his wife, my wife and me) talked for a couple hours and they had some suggestions.

As I said above, I'm going to start doing more within our church and he'll be mentoring. In fact, I've been leading devotions for our worship team for 6 months or so already and in March I'll be teaching Starting Point, the class for new attendees to the church.

I'm also going to start a program through our denomination's university to get started. Basically, we have three levels of pastor - licensed, certified and ordained. Our pastor is ordained, our children's leader is about to be licensed. I'm going to start classes to become licensed.

It's a cool program in that it's about 4 hours a week at home and then we meet for a few hours on a Saturday for the test. What I'd like prayer for is the cost.

It's only $100 a month but that's a lot of money to us. Please pray that we can manage our budget so I can pursue this calling.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:05 pm

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I'm also going to start a program through our denomination's university to get started. Basically, we have three levels of pastor - licensed, certified and ordained. Our pastor is ordained, our children's leader is about to be licensed. I'm going to start classes to become licensed.

What kind of church do you attend?  I've only heard of a licensed and ordained minister.  The Southern Baptists don't seem to have that "certified" title.

I was licensed in 1997 and was ordained back in 2004.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:27 am

It's an Assembly of God church.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:45 pm

Praying for you Ish.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:42 am

Awesome man, praying!
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:20 am

Hey guys. So the company I've had 3 interviews with contacted me Friday to set up an interview for next Monday. I told my wife that 4 interviews seems a bit much and she said that she thought it was a good thing - it means they're still interested.

So if you could pray about that, I would appreciate it.

I also have been praying some about my job thing in general. For years I've done HR/leadership and thought I would eventually teach that at the college level. Now with answering the call to ministry, I'm wondering if I need to stay in this type of position or if I can just do anything that pays the bills... being a manager is hard and stressful, and while I'm good at it, some days I wish I just drove a truck or worked in a warehouse or something...

So if you could also pray about that. If this position at the treatment clinic falls through (after 4 interviews...), I need to look at my next step.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:05 pm

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I also have been praying some about my job thing in general. For years I've done HR/leadership and thought I would eventually teach that at the college level. Now with answering the call to ministry, I'm wondering if I need to stay in this type of position or if I can just do anything that pays the bills... being a manager is hard and stressful, and while I'm good at it, some days I wish I just drove a truck or worked in a warehouse or something...

While the past year of ministry for me has been more than trying, I still would not look back from leaving my job that paid $25 and hour to be a bi-vocational minister and teacher's aid.  I don't regret that move at all.  If ministry is truly where you are to go, then it might be a good thing to be a bit less tethered to the secular job.  I know it was for me.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Yesterday at 12:52 pm

ishmael81 wrote:

I also have been praying some about my job thing in general. For years I've done HR/leadership and thought I would eventually teach that at the college level. Now with answering the call to ministry, I'm wondering if I need to stay in this type of position or if I can just do anything that pays the bills... being a manager is hard and stressful, and while I'm good at it, some days I wish I just drove a truck or worked in a warehouse or something...

I think there is a lot to be said for that...but I certainly don't have an answer for you.

My wife was basically forced to quit her job in December.  She managed a daycare with 30 employees and 100 students.  It was often a serious drain on her emotionally (and quite stressful).  A little more than 3 months later and it seems almost a blessing that she lost her job.  She has re-trained as a CNA and is looking to start full-time soon.  She has done some volunteer work in the field and already finds it much lower stress (and just as rewarding) as her previous job.  

Me on the other hand, I have more stress at work than I have ever had in my entire life (I am part owner of a small Engineering firm).  I have been on some sort of medication for my stress/anxiety for the last 9 months and some days I want to quit it all and just become a greeter at Walmart (sadly I can't afford to do that).

So no real help from me, but I can understand where you are coming from.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Yesterday at 1:22 pm

Staybrite wrote:
ishmael81 wrote:

I also have been praying some about my job thing in general. For years I've done HR/leadership and thought I would eventually teach that at the college level. Now with answering the call to ministry, I'm wondering if I need to stay in this type of position or if I can just do anything that pays the bills... being a manager is hard and stressful, and while I'm good at it, some days I wish I just drove a truck or worked in a warehouse or something...

I think there is a lot to be said for that...but I certainly don't have an answer for you.

My wife was basically forced to quit her job in December.  She managed a daycare with 30 employees and 100 students.  It was often a serious drain on her emotionally (and quite stressful).  A little more than 3 months later and it seems almost a blessing that she lost her job.  She has re-trained as a CNA and is looking to start full-time soon.  She has done some volunteer work in the field and already finds it much lower stress (and just as rewarding) as her previous job.  

Me on the other hand, I have more stress at work than I have ever had in my entire life (I am part owner of a small Engineering firm).  I have been on some sort of medication for my stress/anxiety for the last 9 months and some days I want to quit it all and just become a greeter at Walmart (sadly I can't afford to do that).

So no real help from me, but I can understand where you are coming from.

That's the issue with our family right now. I don't make a fortune but I do make enough that most jobs that aren't supervisory would involve a pay cut. I'm just praying about it to see where God leads me.
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