I am a young pastor. I just turned 24 years old this November. I have been pastoring my church since I was 22. It kind of fell in my lap. We were a new church plant in a small town in Bible Belt USA. Very religious. Anything new is looked down upon. So we were the NEW thing to talk about. I, at the time, was only the sound man. I was just happy to be apart of a church that wanted to serve, love, and help. But about 8 months after our church launch, The lead pastor got sick and had to step down. At that time we were running about 40 people on a Sunday morning (big crowd for my area. Only 3500 in the city). So, that night, I go home and I get a text saying "Either you take the church or we are closing the doors" from the board. I got sick. I had never preached, always wanted to just never had. I was a nervous wreck. They wanted an answer right then and there. I said yes, not knowing what I was getting into.
Now there's a 22 year old boy taking over the new church. So immediately we were called a cult.
My first Sunday I preached we had 11 people show up. 9 of them were the original worship team. But I preached. I prayed. I preached. I prayed and we started growing.
11 turned in 20
20 to 40
40 to 80
80 to 120
120 to 160
160 to 200
200-250 and we were doing great. Many people were getting saved and other churches got jealous. I got accused of rape (From other pastors in the community) I got accused of living a homosexual life style. I had my house shot at. I had my tires slashed. It was a nightmare. All because of religion and competition.
I don't want to have that heart. But I do want people to believe in me. I don't have a "pastor" that I look up to. I have been invited to preach revivals across the nation and pastors here will find out and send the inviting pastor a message about me that is so untrue.
I just want a chance to do whatever God has called me to do.
I love to preach. I live it. I love to serve. I love to talk and joke and have fun. I just want to team up with some churches and pastors to strengthen one another.
I don't have that here. Nowhere. I have looked. I have tried. There are 115 churches within 3 miles of me and none of them speak. It's ridiculous.
My dream is to travel and speak.
To stregnehten men and women to become.
What do I do when I don't know what else to do?