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Rocky Mountain Update                                                                                       March 2022

Greetings!

Over the next few months, I'll be introducing some friends to you. These are individuals and couples who've been journeying with me for many years in light of my ministry within the Rocky Mountain Region of PastorServe. I've simply asked these folks to share some of their story and to answer this question: Why do you support our cause at PastorServe?

This month, I'd like for you to meet Jim Metcalf. Jim is a member of my advisory team:

I am a retired military officer, and in July of last year I decided that the call of golf courses and fly-fishing streams was too strong and I retired again after 21 years as a defense contractor.  My life like so many is defined by ups and downs and I am grateful that there have been more ups than downs.  Ten years ago, I lost my wife of 36 years to cancer.  But three years ago, I married a wonderful lady and between Karen (no not that kind of Karen..lol) and I we have six grown, successful kids, a sweet seven-year-old granddaughter and an “almost new” grandson.  In this wacky, up-side-down world we live in today with war dominating the news and where what is wrong is considered right and what is right is considered wrong it is hard for Karen and I not to worry, especially about what our world is going to look like for our kids and especially our grandkids.  Several years ago, I read a statement that said “The Trinity Never Meets in Emergency Session.”  That is so true and in the midst of the upheaval in the world today we can all take comfort in knowing that God, The Light in a dark world, is in charge!

Why I support PastorServe: So many times we forget that our pastors deal with the same issues, concerns, hopes, fears and dreams as the rest of us, and it behooves us to remember that Pastors Are People Too, as Jimmy so aptly stated in the title of his book.  However, the big difference is that pastor’s also carry the burdens of their “flocks” issues, concerns, hopes, fears and dreams.  The vast majority of us have our hands full dealing with life as it is handed to us.  Think about taking on your life-issues and those of 10, 20, 50 or 100 other individuals!!  The men and women of PastorServe are there to support pastors as they diligently work to care for their own families as well as the families of their respective churches.  The men and women at PastorServe have a heart for pastors and are there to assist them with everything from the day-to-day stresses of being a pastor to personal family and/or financial concerns, intra-church struggles/criticism and in some cases personal sins and failures.  Pastors are put on pedestals and are expected to be above reproach and when they fail, and they do because ‘they are people too’, they are often ostracized by their congregations, in the press and on social media.  Pastoring is hard, and it is made more difficult because of the unrealistic expectations we put on our pastor’s to be perfect in every way.  That is an impossible task, and it is a wonder we still find men and women who feel the call to become teachers of the Word.  But thank God they do and I thank God for the PastorServe organization and their mission to strengthen the Church by Serving Pastors.

 
Thank you for sharing with us, Jim. I'm very grateful for your friendship and ongoing support for a great cause!

Wade
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