Looking for a New Opportunity

Breaking News!

Folks, it seems that the time has come for God to open up new doors, and I can’t stress how terrifying that is. At the same time, I’m excited about what the future may hold. Only God knows.

Today was my last day as pastor of Riverside Baptist Church. 

Therefore, I am now open to pursue whatever direction the Spirit is willing to lead.

I have learned many lessons over the last eight years as pastor of Riverside, some of which were very hard and painful. I’ve also learned that no matter what, God is faithful and always has a plan for our lives.

You know me from my writing. You know my heart. You know my testimony. Should you like to have my resumé, just email me at PastorACBaker@yahoo.com. Or, you could call me at 423-645-8884.

Your prayers at this time would be greatly appreciated, believe me.

 

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11 responses to “Looking for a New Opportunity

  1. WHAT!?! As well as when, where, how and why? (Never mind that, none of my business…) Are you leaving us for Zimbabwe? In my prayers!

  2. Praying for God’s leading, in addition to Wally’s question.

  3. I read your post yesterday, but couldn’t reply because I’ve heard this story too many times — it hurt. I thought a day later I would have a more positive perspective. I’ve been between pastorates a couple of times, only once was not of my choosing. I was leading a ministry at a large church. Apparently, it was going too well because at a staff meeting I was suddenly told to: “Go start a church at least 70 miles away.”

    The Lord leads through it all, but it hurts. It is confusing. It has relational and financial consequences. I am praying for you.

    Peace in Christ – Rob

  4. Hi Brother Anthony

    I have returned, and I come bearing thoughts. I have thought and prayed some over this and while I have no solution, I have some thoughts. If they are not applicable, I apologize in advance.

    Of course, I don’t know the story here, only what little you shared. There are three sides to every story, you know: my side, your side, and the correct side.

    I know you preach a fine sermon, and I can verify that from personal experience. You are fine man, and I also can verify that from personal experience. You teach what is true, and I can verify that from your writings.

    I don’t know about the SBC, but the ABA work is simply full of small churches with no Pastor, and little hope of getting one anytime soon.

    Much of this is the fault of congregations. Yep, I said that. Tongue in cheek and dripping with sarcasm, here is the problem with you preachers:

    You have not personally visited and knocked on every single door in the community.

    You have not called and visited every sick person in the congregation and every sick relative of every member, either.

    You only work one day a week, after all.

    You missed my toe surgery a month ago, never mind that you personally were perhaps sick yourself. Sad that nobody came to see you.

    The church has not grown to mega church size, due 100 percent due to your personal failure.

    The church is broke, never mind the fact that i never gave a dime myself.

    You preached some small insignificant detail of scripture that I disagreed with.

    You talked about me personally in your sermon last week, and I was quite embarassed. You didn’t call me by name, but you preached on my sin….and everybody know what I am up to. Embarrassing for sure for you to call me out that way.

    Nobody wants to do anything to serve around here. I mean those guys of course, not me. You have failed to get all those other people to do anything around this place.

    And on it goes.

    I feel better, and if this comment is offensive to anybody…frankly I don’t care.

    Peace out.

  5. Hi Anthony,
    God is afoot doing something in our day. A senior pastor in Belfast, Ireland was told by God to go out on his own by faith three or four years ago. He has a wife and two young children. He is currently itinerant in his preaching and teaching in various congregations in Ireland. My sister who lives in Victoria, B.C. has also been taken out of the ‘church’ by a new schedule given to her by her employer. Her days off are now Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We’ve been living religious lives in North America and not godly lives. It seems that God has been unable to work with or correct many church leaders in our day, so he is removing his own from their systems. This is often how God works…. unexpectedly.

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