Ministry can be a long, hard slog, and sometimes feels like a thankless job. But every once in a while, God sends encouragement to a pastor in surprising and very meaningful ways. Here’s an example. It’s a note I received from a young man who attended worship when I was pastoring Cobblestone Church:
I know you don’t know me, but I just wanted to send you a quick note of encouragement after visiting your church this past Sunday….I was home visiting family for Christmas this weekend and had heard that lots of great things were taking place at Cobblestone. I decided I wanted to see for myself. I was very impressed with the way that God is working in Oxford. It is awesome to see a ministry that is so focused on reaching out to the most prominent group in Oxford. Anyway, I just wanted to send a quick note and say thanks for being obedient to God and doing His Kingdom work.
What a blessing it was to receive that note. And what a reminder of how a simple act of kindness can lift a pastor’s spirits.
Why not send a note of encouragement to a pastor in YOUR life today?
Bob Hostetler is a literary agent, an award-winning writer, editor, pastor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His thirty books, which include The Bone Box and American Idols (The Worship of the American Dream), have sold millions of copies. He has co-authored eleven books with Josh McDowell, including the best-selling Right from Wrong (What You Need to Know to Help Youth Make Right Choices), and the award-winning Don't Check Your Brains at the Door. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award, among others. Bob is a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. Bob was ordained to the ministry in 1980 by the Salvation Army and earned degrees in English Bible from Cincinnati Christian University and English Communications from Bloomfield College. In 2000, Bob (with his wife, Robin) helped to co-found Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. They have two children and four grandchildren. He has been a disc jockey, pastor, magazine editor, freelance book editor, and (with Robin) a foster parent to ten boys (though not all at once). They live in Hamilton, Ohio. You can follow Bob at @bobhoss.