By Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married for 41 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling, and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.

    From the Heart of a Pastor

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    I am a Pastor, have been for the past 36 years and will be a pastor until the day I die. Let me make it clear, my identity is not in being a pastor; my identity is in Jesus and not what I do.

    I have served in various capacities in 36 years and am currently serving as a pastor to pastors through Care for Pastors.

    Each week on this site (blog) I want to share some of my journal thoughts, from the Heart of a Pastor. They will be short and to the point, raw and transparent. My prayer at this stage of my journey is that these thoughts may encourage pastors with the truth that they do not struggle alone. Others are dealing with the same challenges, but there is a hope in Jesus and with His power we can finish well in our God-call of pastoring.

     “The guarding of the heart is a constant battle. It is so easy to allow disappointments to become personal rejections. Then personal attacks of response are necessary, if nowhere but in the mind. Anger and bitterness follow quickly. All of this leads to defeat and discouragement.

    I am determined to short-circuit this process by taking it all to “truth.” There is too much at risk and too much to lose if I don’t.”

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