Clarifications About This Next Stage of Ministry

Since I announced a few weeks ago that I was stepping out of “permanent” church roles into interim roles, people have had lots of questions. Lots of assumptions have been tossed around. I would like to take a minute to share what God is doing in this next season.

First, let me say I won’t stop preaching. I LOVE preaching and teaching God’s Word! While I will not be doing this weekly from a pulpit, I have a bi-monthly ministry to a men’s recovery home where I preach the first Sunday every other month. I am also scheduled to preach at a Bible college chapel service this month. I also plan to go back into nursing home ministry (that’s where it all began for me in 1994).

Second, I hope to take interim pastorates in the future. It looks like my interim worship role may last 1-2 years, but I’m open to interim worship roles or interim pastorates. I may not be able to provide sustainable leadership for the long haul, but my record proves I have been helpful on the short term. A pastor typically has to be administrator, preacher, chaplain, and a million other things. I have the preacher and chaplain thing down, and there are churches in turmoil that can benefit from that skill set from months to 2 years. I’m game!

Third, I have high hopes to get back to writing (a book and a blog) and even starting a podcast. I don’t know when I will start writing a book, but I do have a podcast interview in the near future. I love when God opens doors. I just want to be a humble steward of what God sends my way.

I have a greater love for the local church than I’ve ever had, including the one I’m leaving. I ask you to join me in prayer for Oasis Church. This has been one of the hardest churches to leave because of my deep love for the people and the overwhelming support I’ve had from them. I want their greatest days to be the days ahead. Please join me in praying to that end.

This is not the end. It’s just the beginning of a journey where I get to help the body of Christ on a broader scale. May God empower and equip me to serve well in all that He assigns me to do!

7 responses to “Clarifications About This Next Stage of Ministry”

  1. Thanks for sharing. God has exciting and challenging things in your future path He’s taking you on. Hold tight to His hand.

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    1. Exciting and challenging…I know it won’t be easy, but He has laid it all out for a reason.


      1. Yes He did. God bless you and thank you for accepting His assignment.

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  2. There are many churches in need of interim pastors. A pastor is called out to a new ministry; another passes away; the church expands and divides. It is rare that there is a full time pastor available and called by God to step in.

    Your willingness to take on such ministry is God-given and will be a blessing to all! Prayers for your next season!

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    1. Thanks, Jacquie! God continues to affirm these steps. God showed me scripturally and then with an open door. I’m excited to see what He will do as He moves me from place to place.

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  3. I will be praying for you Matthew. God has great plans for you in the days ahead.

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    1. Thanks, Wayne! Looking forward to ministering in your neck of the woods.


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