During the first year of Quest, I was without salary and had tried so hard to obtain a job – any job – but I realized the painful truth that pastors [outside their jobs in churches] are useless in society. I discovered that my Masters of Divinity degree…well…wasn’t really all that divine. It was actually pretty useless. After several months of looking for work, I finally landed a job as a janitor at a Barnes & Noble store in Lynnwood, Washington.
Not my idea of a “dream job.” It was one of the most difficult jobs and periods in my life – especially because this took place at a time when I thought I would be kicking ass in my “career” as a pastor. Damn my hubris…
One of the most exciting aspects about ministry at Quest is our stewardship philosophy. It has been there from the beginning – even before the church got started. So, it is exciting to see stuff in my heart/mind come to some level of fruition. If you want to get to know someone on a deeper basis, you’ll likely want to know how they earn, save, spend, and give away.
Churches are no different. We can say all that we want to say with our lips but a church’s budget speaks a great deal to its ministry and stewardship philosophy. We have a long way to go but after several years of saving a few dollars here and there [Quest is a 6 year churchplant] and tinkering with our nomenclature, we are excited about the church’s 1 Fund and 3 Foundations.Continue reading “most exciting aspect of ministry”