The Pastor's Companion

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The role of the Pastor's Companion is a vital part of the ministry. Each companion brings giftings into the calling of the parsonage home. I am grateful for each person, sacrifice and personality expressed in the lives of our pastor's companions.  Thank you for the high honor to work along side of you in the ministry.

This page has been started with you in mind.  I want to share with you, pray with you, encourage you, and even cry with you.  Occasionally, I will place a devotion on here for you to read and contemplate the goodness of God.  

Currently, the times we are living in are unstable at best.  We are all navigating through unchartered territory.  I pray for you and your family daily.  Each devotion will be archived and the new one will be displayed on this page.  You can read it on-line or print a copy to read later.

It is my prayer that this new avenue of connection will be a source of strength to you in your ministry.  May God richly bless you.

~Karen Harper

Executive Assistant

INTRODUCING A NEW MINISTRY COMING SOON!!

What do I Bring to This Ministry?

 

Psalm 16:7 NIV

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand,

I will not be shaken.

 

A Minister’s wife said to me, “I don’t know what I bring into this ministry.” Every minister’s wife feels that way at some point. Our primary role is a supportive one, which means that the accolades most usually go to our spouse. It makes us proud to assist our spouse and know that they are reaching the Kingdom of God with the Gospel. However, we are human and we crave knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of others, as well as our spouses.

 

Let’s give this some thought: In your experiences, you have learned to laugh in spite of your circumstances; you have learned to comfort someone else when you heart is also grieving; you have learned to count your blessings every day. You have unselfishly given of your time and giftings to the work of the Lord. You have worked in the nursery, the youth group, the Sunday School classroom, and the kitchen. You are making a difference with your love for the Lord and His people.

 

How do we measure our contribution to the Kingdom? Our tendency to measure our accomplishments is the lives of those we minister to on a daily basis. We can honestly point to a few people that are serving the Lord and know that we participated in their walk with the Lord. Unfortunately, we don’t always get to “see” the results of our labors. On a normal day in our lives, we give without expectation of praise and we sacrifice with joy—but how do you measure it? We cannot put our self-worth in the hands of other people. Judging ourselves by how others respond to us will leave us empty and feeing worthless. People are a mystery. God gave all of us a freewill to decide what choices we make in life—and some make bad choices. I personally do not know how anyone can live this life without God. It is simple, yet it becomes complicated by wayward people. Again I say, “People are a mystery.” Therefore, we cannot put our self-worth in the hands of others.

 

That leads me back to the statement, “I don’t know what I bring into this ministry.” I’ve had to ask myself that question many times, and the answer becomes different every time I ask it. It all depends on the circumstances I am currently experiencing. Each time I am faced with that question, I search for a new way to make a difference. Ministry evolves over time and it changes with the current climate of our world and our daily opportunities that we are presented with. I’ve have had to STOP gauging my accomplishments by the outward results that I can see in others, and continually look for new ways to minister.

 

Here is the key—gauge your results on what you are doing for God. The Lord does not call us to a task and not expect there to be a positive outcome. Only He can know what the ultimate results will be of your ministry. This requires the following actions on your part:

 

  1. Talk to the Lord as your friend every day. He cares about EVERYTHING in your life and He will listen and guide you. This can be a difficult thing to do on some days. Not every day is a “gift” of living, because we experience sadness and hurt.  Those are the days that it is the most important to talk with the Lord and share your heart with him.  We are emotional beings and God created us that way—He is a relational God and wants us to talk to Him.

  2. Be sensitive to opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus. No act of kindness is too small. No thoughtful word or deed is insignificant. It is sometimes the “little” things that make a “big” difference.  The danger of these small acts or deeds is that they cannot be measured. You may never see the results or hear words of praise, but trust that God will use it to bless a person with His love and peace. Let God be the measuring stick. You have done what the Lord has ask of you and He is pleased with you.

  3. Use your giftings to find new ways to initiate a ministry in the local church. Decorate, clean, teach, send cards, make visits to the elderly, design a website, learn how to use a computer and a projector, build a safe place for nursing mothers, and the list goes on! Be creative. Do something that is your gifting and you will feel rewarded. Before you start a new ministry of your own, be sure to study and read and know the ins and outs of that ministry. Prepare yourself. It is never a good idea to just jump in feet first before you know what is “under the water.” Set yourself up for victory and not defeat. Don’t be afraid, just be prepared. Remember to let God be the measuring stick. What is done for God will live on forever.

  4. Learn to laugh. Try not to be so serious all the time and laugh at the simple things. Laughter is a replenishing of the soul’s inspiration. You will feel renewed and strengthened by a good belly laugh! There is a reason why God says that “laughter doeth good like a medicine.” Just laugh.

  5. The most important thing you can do for your husband, children, grandchildren and congregation is take care of yourself. Take time to rest and do something you enjoy on a regular basis. There are times in our ministry that we must say “no” in order to say “yes” to our self-care. Do not allow guilt to attack your mind when you need to take time to drink a second cup of coffee or go shopping. Drinking coffee and going shopping may not be what refreshes you, but find the thing that replenishes you and enjoy it!

 

The key to ministry is letting God be our measuring stick. He is the One that called us and He is the One that equips and sustains us. You and your spouse are a team because you became one on the day you were married. God called both of you into the ministry. He will use you in ways you never expected. You may not get to see the results of that personal ministry; therefore, remember to let God be the measuring stick, because it is He who calls you and uses you. Ministry cannot be measured by physical results because there is not always  an outward evidence of the work of the Lord. God knows all and sees all and He is pleased with you!

 

In conclusion, I want to go back to my opening thought:  In your experiences, you have learned to laugh in spite of your circumstances; you have learned to comfort someone else when your heart is also grieving; you have learned to count your blessings every day. You have unselfishly given of your time and giftings to the work of the Lord. You are a vital part of ministry and everything you do is noticed by God.

 

Thank you for your dedication to the work of the Kingdom! You are appreciated.

 

Karen Harper

Regional Bishop’s Wife

Executive Assistant

Great Lakes Region

Church of God of Prophecy

Minister Debbie Parton

Pastor's Wife & 

Regional Prayer Coordinator

I am focusing today on Adoration Prayers.  Adoration - deep love, respect, worship and honor. When you discover who God is, it causes you to fall in love with Him.  Using the alphabet let’s start with A.

 

The Available God - Psa. 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

 

The Almighty God - Rev. 1:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

 

The God Who Answers Me - Psa. 120:1

“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.”

 

The God Who is Our Advocate- I John 2:1

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

 

The Avenging God - Romans 12:19

“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.”

 

The Abba God - Gal. 4:6

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’”

 

The Approachable God - Heb. 10:22

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

 

The Active God - Ex. 15:11

“Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”

 

The God Who is Aware - Psa. 34:15

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;”

 

When we learn how to adore the Lord, we are saturated in His presence and filled with the word of the Lord. Suddenly all circumstances are seen through the perspective of who God is.  This is a powerful weapon!

 

~Debbie Parton, Regional Prayer Coordinator

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Jennifer Roarke has a passion and calling for teaching, ministering, and growing the Kingdom of God. She answered her calling to full-time children's ministry, along side her husband, Derek, beginning in 2015 in North Carolina. Being a Kentucky native, they returned to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they currently serve as Kentucky State Children's Ministry Directors,  as well as Children's pastors in their local church. Derek and Jennifer have two young children, Harper and Hadley, who have inspired them to dig deeper to find creative ways to reach every child to share the Message of God's love.

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