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This year has been huge for our church.

We’ve been hit hard by the poor economy. We had the biggest day of community outreach that we’ve ever done. We heard the announcement that ourbeloved Associate Pastor was moving on to pastor a new church. Now, we’ve hired a new Associate Pastor and are expecting him and his family to move down in July.

His name is Tom Fuerst and he likes zombies.

Let me rephrase that… he hates zombies and he seems to be fully prepared for the zombie apocalypse.

In all seriousness, Tom is stepping into a very important role at our church.  Aside from preaching and helping people get through hard times, being a pastor has a lot attached to it. He also has to manage employees, lead small groups, train leaders, mentor younger Christians, be a good example to the people around him, keep up a positive image in the community, and a whole host of other things… all while being an awesome husband and father. When you work at a church you are held  to a higher moral standard. When you are a pastor you are held to a moral standard slightly short of Jesus himself. People expect a lot from you… and they expect it from you constantly.

At the same time that all of that is going on, Tom has to keep his heart in the most important place. He has to look out for the flock of Christ. In Romans 16, Paul warns the leaders of the church to beware:

“17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.”

Keep Tom in your prayers. He’s got a big portion of responsibility coming his way.