It's the last week of 2016, and I'm reviewing all that has happened on my blog this year. I started blogging and coaching out of a great burden for pastors who are struggling. This year alone three of my pastor friends resigned from their churches and left the ministry. I wish there was some way I could have encouraged them to stay the course and finish strong. My goal this year has been to encourage, inspire, and resources pastors to find greater health and balance.
On a personal note, I end this year with gratitude for you, my blog readers. If you have been helped, encouraged, and strengthened in some way, I am very thankful.
This year my wife, Linda and I celebrated 23 years of marriage. We are watching our children grow up way too quickly. Our oldest daughter turns 21 after the first of the year. This month we also celebrated 11 years of pastoring here in Los Angeles, and I have completed another year in my denomination as the Executive Presbyter for the Los Angeles region. In this role God has given me the opportunity to love and serve 63 churches and 110 credentialed ministers.
Congratulations to Pastor Israel Cruz from Fresno, California for winning my survey drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. I want to thank each of you for participating in my 2016 reader survey.
In offering a survey I had hoped to get to know my readers a bit more, as well as your struggles and aspirations. The survey results gave me a lot of insight and feedback, which I will use to serve you better in 2017. Here's what the numbers say...
For several years I served as a bi-vocational pastor. I worked 50 hours a week building kitchen cabinets, and also pastored a small rural church.
Our church had a traditional service schedule, meaning I preached on Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. Most of those sermons were prepared at the last minute. I had very little time to pray, study, and prepare. Somehow God blessed my feeble efforts, and our church was blessed.
Looking back now, I realize how helpful a preaching calendar would have been. It would have given me direction for my weekly ministry, and my preaching would have been more balanced.
Hi! I'm Loren Hicks. I am follower of Jesus, a husband, a father, a friend, and for the past