Got a new minister last week

@suspenseful (40313)
Canada
October 13, 2008 10:59am CST
Last week after about two or three years since our former minister had to retire because of health, we got a new minister. He was installed last week, and had the first service in the afternoon and then yesterday. He was a little nervous because we are his first church since he left the seminary. But he has family here, and so he will not be alone. So I was wondering if there were any who waited for a minister, pastor, priest, or reverend and were rather shocked in a good way when one finally appeared and was he as nervous as ours was?
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Yes this is something that happenes when your minister retires,its not an easy thing because you form a relationship with your old pastor & its a little un nerving for both the new pastor as well as the congregation..It won't be long before you will know the new pastor & chances are you will like him very well..If he is out going and caring & shows concern it happens rather fast..You will get to knowing him fairely fast because you will form opinions while he is preaching..I have found that even though it is sad to see the old pastor go,it always opens up new area's for everyone..I am sure it is hard for him as well, the best thing is to welcome him with open arms..They do not just pick these pastors at random ,they usually put the pastors for the church they feel will be the best for the entire congregation...Good luck..and yes i have been through this before & it will not take long & you will feel very comfortable..
@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
He is really a nice guy. In fact, when he was here a while ago, about a year ago at his last year and he was a candidate, I said to myself, "yes that's going to be our new minister." Somehow I knew it. Then when all the other pastors said they could not come and he got the call, I said to myself, "he is going to accept." and he did. He is a nice young man and his wife is so lovely. We are having a welcome evening for him this Saturday and I will be in the choir. He has a voice that can really carry and that will wake up some of our congregation.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Thats so great,i think its so wonderful to have a pastor you really care about..It sounds like he will really do good at your church..I am happy that everyone likes him ..I hope you all have a wonderful time at your get together for your new pastor..
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
25 Oct 08
Yes he is quite a nice young man and so is his wife. We are getting to be friends already. She is also in our choir at Church and is in our women's society, so I see her at least twice every two weeks besides on Sundays and when there are special occasions.
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
13 Oct 08
When our last pastor retired we had an interim pastor before we finely got a permanent one. we also had to wait for him to finish his seminary studies. He is a bit young compared to our last pastor and the interim pastor but at the same time not real young. He's been around long enough to have had some experiences with being a youth pastor. He still has a bit to learn but is willing.
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
25 Oct 08
Our new pastor is a bit nervous, but he can really pull a sermon together. I mean it is quite hard at the seminary. You have to learn Latin, Greek, and Hebrew as knowing the Bible backwards and forwards as well as the whole doctrine. You have to be really intelligent to graduate and then there is the tests where you have to write out the sermon yourself and go as a visiting candidate to several congregations. It is not like our elders who can just borrow an older sermon from one of the pastors from another congregation.
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Thanks for BR. We share our pastor with another chuch. When he is at the other church we have several young men that give sermons. They wright their own. That is much better than giving one written by someone else. It is more perfessional that way.
@AmbiePam (51609)
• United States
15 Oct 08
It sounds like he is very eager. I think it is great when a minister comes in humbly, wanting to do the best for the congregation. I can't imagine how nervous he was, but I'm glad it seems that it will work out. And I'm glad he has family because it is so much better when they are around to be support.
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
25 Oct 08
His father used to be our minister. That was before I first joined the church. I do not know if I was in Winnipeg, then. I will have to look it up, but I know I would be wondering if I could be as good as my father, if I was in his shoes.
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@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
14 Oct 08
[i]I am sure he will be fine and get over his nervousness after several days, it might be hard for him to be in front of his own Family! LOL! ANyway, every time we will have a new priest, it will excite us a lot![/i]
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
25 Oct 08
Yes his father is also a minister. That would make it very hard. He'd be afraid of screwing up. He did open the wrong chapter, and said, "sorry, wrong chapter/"
• United States
13 Oct 08
I am glad that you got an New minister. I hope that he calms down, I am sure that he will do fine.. I think that sometimes it is harder fro them to be in front of their own families! Don't forget to have him and his over to dinner!
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
25 Oct 08
He will. He is just new now, and he has to catch his breath, but he does have a powerful voice. That's to his advantage. You will not catch many of the congregation dozing off.
• United States
14 Oct 08
It is very nerve racking when starting at a new church. I understand how he feels. That is a good thing that he is nervous. htat ussualy shows that he takes it seriously. I hope things go well with him.
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