President’s Perspective: Where Are You Indispensable?

In the summer of 2005, I was almost three years into my third full-time pastorate. “Climbing the ladder” wasn’t my thing, but this wonderful church was the largest I had served, based on nickels and noses, and was in the middle of a big city in another state. I was preaching, pastoring, and casting vision, while leading a gifted staff … the whole nine yards. I was thinking that I would likely serve there for a couple of decades, after which I’d join the retired pastor, rubber-chicken speaking circuit.

Earlier in that ministry, I had checked the box of overseas missions by participating in a medical/evangelism project in Southeast Asia. I came home and continued pushing to reach my Jerusalem.

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