As pastors, we tend to identify ourselves my our ministry status. But how is that affected by the ups and downs of attendance, congregational favor/disfavor, and change? This short video from Worship House Media reminds us of how our spiritual identity in Christ can be source of stability and encouragement.
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John L. Shepherd Jr. (age 75) of Knoxville, TN went to be with the Lord September 13th. He was a Baptist Pastor serving Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman, Indian Springs Baptist Church in Kingsport, Bethlehem Baptist Church in Oneida and Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville. In 1998 he founded and became president of Calvary Road Ministries to the Maasai in Kenya until the present. www.CalvaryRoad.com
John also taught at Grace Fellowship’s School of Spirituotherapy. Here is a video of his testimonial message:
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A SHEPHERD WITH THE LAMB!
John heeded the call to ministry
Assuming it was to pastor;
And pastor he surely did,
Until a ministry that was ‘vaster’!
His ministry to churches
Was attended with much fruit,
Until compared with latter years
Where missions did him suit!
His call to the Maasai was bona fide
With souls saved far and wide,
And with scriptural churches planted
With a team of believers by his side.
Now, the Maasai assume the lead
And harvest the seed sown;
They appreciate outside help,
But the churches are home grown!
John has fulfilled his calling
With the Kingdom spread abroad;
Being absent from the body,
He is now present with his Lord!
-C. R. Solomon 9-20-13