I saw her out of the corner of my eye. The service was over and she was waiting to speak with me. I was talking and praying with several members, but she waited patiently. I greeted her warmly only to hear these words… “You are not the man of God I thought you were.”
The woman, who had not been in our church long, preceded to tell me why she disagreed with how I was leading the church. “You’re not listening to Holy Spirit”, she said. Predictably, she soon left the church.
I became a lead pastor at age 25. My wife and I had been married for three years, and we had a little baby girl. We had served as youth pastors at another church for two years, getting our feet wet into ministry, but stepping into a lead pastor role was a whole different ball game.
We were in a small West Texas town of 3,000 people. Our little church was not only passed it’s prime, it was barely alive. With a handful of people and a broken down, badly neglected building, we began our pastoral ministry.
I have a growing conviction. God didn’t just call me to pastor a church. He called me to pastor a city. My calling is not just to serve a local body of believers, but to influence a community towards faith in Jesus.
There is a fascinating verse in 1 Samuel 9:6. The servant of Saul says, "Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let's go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.” Years ago at a pastors conference I heard a stirring sermon from this verse called, “Is there a man of God in your city?”
Hi! I'm Loren Hicks. I am follower of Jesus, a husband, a father, a friend, and for the past