The church planting journey we are on has lead to several major changes in our lives. Moving 10 hours from family, living in a townhouse with a small yard, and tapping into savings to live have been just a few.
It’s also lead to some amazing conversations as husband and wife and some really candid conversations with God.
As I’ve matured in my faith over the years, I’ve had to move from asking God to help me deal with the situations of my life to asking Him what He wants me to learn in each situation.
Currently, I’ve been praying, talking and thinking a lot about financial provision. While I have the faith God is going to provide for us, I still have a role to play. The earth will produce our food, but God clearly told Adam mankind would have to work for it.
So, we have decided to change directions a bit. We had been thinking our financial provision would come through donations. And, while I see nothing wrong with this approach to ministry it wasn’t right for us.
We have decided that I will be a bivocational pastor instead. Now, you either don’t care, think bivocational pastors lack faith or think it’s a great idea. For me and my family, this is the right decision; here’s why.
- A bivocational pastor is not reliant on the income from the church; therefore, he tends to speak more freely. There isn’t a foothold for the devil to lie and say “whoa there fella if you say that people might get made and hold back their tithe.” In fact, I’ve worked in the past with many pastors who wanted to make a certain decision but were afraid to because of their job security. For me, I can struggle with what others think of me; so I could easily fall into this.
- Being a bivocational pastor will give me contact with unchurched people to witness to that otherwise I wouldn’t have the opportunity.
- I’m better positioned to model “every member a minister”. In other words, being in the marketplace isn’t an excuse to not participate in the work of Kingdom building.
- The church will have more of its monies available to do mission work. Now, for some churches they believe that paying a full-time salary is the best way to allocate their funds. I support them. God has entrusted them to handle their funds prayerfully the best way they can. The same is true for Coastal City Church. And, as the senior pastor, I believe this is what’s best for our funds.
- By necessity, I’ll have to invite and equip more people to do the work of the church….which is what we are called to do in the first place.
- I believe this will make me a better communicator of the Gospel. I’ll stay in touch more with how the world talks, what their fears are, what excuses they have holding them back from accepting Jesus. There are 5.5 billion people on the planet out of the 7.5 billion people alive that have no relationship with Jesus Christ. I for one feel urgency to reach these people anywhere and everywhere I can. I need to be the best communicator I can be.
- I’ll have to be hyper aware of my time management and productivity. I can easily major in the minors if I have margin in my calendar. By working with my wife to prioritize my time I’ll be a more attentive Christ-follower, husband, father, friend, leader, and pastor. I’ll have to say no to knucklehead stuff and focus on the important.
So, thanks to a good man and a great leader, Kirby Hasseman, I’m hanging out my shingle to put my creative side to work helping people develop promotional programs to achieve business/organizational goals under the Hasseman Marketing umbrella.
In other words, if you want or need a promotional product with your logo on it to help with client acquisition, employee retention, resale, customer appreciation, etc….I’m your new go-to guy. Together we will answer some key questions in leading us to the perfect product that helps you achieve the goals you have. From pens to shirts, hats to calendars and teddy bears to signs; I’ve got you covered.
Thanks for reading this update on the Dinglers.
Please pray for:
- For provision of time, talent and finances in achieving the strategic plan for Coastal City Church
- The building of new relationships and opportunities for me to invest in the success of other organizations by setting them up with promotional product programs that work for them.
- Continued blessings and growth in our family’s relationships and health.
Consumed By The Call,