June 13, 2011

Yesterday, it became official

"And He Himself gave some to be...pastors and teachers,"  Ephesians 4:11

Yesterday was the formal presentation of my ministry license at First Assembly of God in Brookfield, CT, where I have done my internship for seminary.  I am very grateful to be able to continue working there as a volunteer too.

Receiving this credential was something I was working for since I began seminary three years ago.

While I am greatly excited about this recognition it also brings a great sobering reminder of the stricter judgment I will one day be accountable to God for, as a pastor.
James 3:1 - Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

Hebrews 13:17 - Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
I do not take lightly this responsibility that I have now been recognized and entrusted with, in whatever capactity I may serve as a pastor too.  May God give me the strength and wisdom to do only what will be pleasing, honoring and glorifying to Him alone.

James Bradford, General Secretary and member of the General Council of the Assemblies of God included this prayer, as a pattern for my own prayer life, from the words of John Wesley, for an unswerving and obedient surrender to God's call upon my life.
Lord Jesus, if you will receive me into your house, if you will but own me as your servant, I will not stand upon terms; impose upon me what conditions you please, write down your own articles, command me what you will, put me to anything you see as good; let me come under your roof, let me be your servant...make me what you will, Lord and set me where you will...I put myself wholly into your hands: put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering, let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or trodden under foot for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily resign all to your pleasure and disposal.
I will certainly try to make this my prayer on a regular basis.

Last night, I had the wonderful opportunity to preach at two services, for women that are in prison here in Danbury, CT.

It was a totally new experience for me and I wasn't sure what to expect, even though my pastor, Phil Morgan had given me some thoughts of what to expect.  It was probably one of the best times I've ever had to minister to a congregation. 

There were about 50 women at the first service all packed into a room and their songs of worship was just beautiful and touched my heart greatly.  At the second service, there must have been about 200 women there and it was just as led by the Spirit of God as the first service.

I was grateful for the opportunity and privilige to preach there last night and if I'm invited to go again to preach, I certainly will.

One of the things I have felt that God was leading me to do is to plant a church, but had no idea where that would be.  I still don't know, but my wife and I continue to pray about it.

Pastor Phil and Pastor Scott Giordano of Bethany Assembly of God in Stamford, CT have discussed planting a church between Brookfield and Stamford and they both feel I may be the right person to do this and Kristi and I continue to pray about it too and hope that you may do so for us too.

We just want to go and do what is God's will for our lives.

With that, a new day and week has begun and I must now make use of my time, to do some reading, spend some time with God in prayer and get a load or two of laundry done before my wife gets home.

To Faithfully Serve my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Pastor Kurt


Joe said...

Will be praying for you and your wife as you prepare for what God has called you to next. Blessings to you brother -

John Swet said...

Congrats, Kurt! God bless!

Martha Melendez-Reeves said...

Dear Friend,

May the Lord bless you in your faithful service to our faithful Lord.

I am so happy for you. I know that the Lord will use you mightily as you continue to lean upon him for all wisdom and direction.

God bless

Michael DeLuca said...

Congratulations...God Bless... Now go get'm !!!

Nikki Simington said...

Dear Pastor Kurt:

What an Amazing time for you and what a great undertaking!!

Congratulations dear brother on your new journey..I am sure that All of heaven is cheering you on and that the Lord is smiling with pride at his son who has passed the test to become a Shepherd of his sheep!

Let us plan to stay in touch as our journey's continue to unfold from the humble beginnings of Nyack Seminary!!

With heartfelt warmth and Congratulations Again!!

Your sister in Christ


Sheri Looney said...

This is great news! I applaud you and also Kristi :-) I am very happy for both of you and know where ever God sends you, you will serve Him well.

Congratulations- and have faith that the laundry will end :-)

Aaron and Sheri Looney

Mike Viggiano said...

Congrats Pastor Michaelson

Robert Huttemann said...

Congratulations Kurt.

Vernon Bell said...

Hey PASTOR Kurt,

Well done! I admire your persistence and faithfullness in pursuing
this road you made a big impression on me in your time at MC and I
believe you'll continue impacting people's lives for many many years
to come.


Catherine Kimball said...

Pastor Kurt,

Congratulations! That is wonderful and exciting news. The first journey got you here. I am sure the next journey as you move forward will continue to bring many more experiences that you probably never imagined.

Thank you for sharing your accomplishment. It is really good news.


Robert McClanahan said...

Hello Kurt,

Great to hear from you. Congratulations Pastor!!!! That’s a great accomplishment and a blessing for those whom you will come in contact with, me included. That was a long road traveled but the reward is great.