When I found about this month’s theme for the Current, I was excited since I am so happy with the legacy of my family. Both of my grandfathers were elders in their local congregations and my parents met at a church youth rally back in the late 1940’s. This was the beginning of our family legacy.
My parents attended Bible college together and made a lifelong commitment to go into the ministry. Through the encouragement of our parents, other family members, and faithful church leaders, all four sons graduated from Cincinnati Christian University and then committed to the ministry. Most of us started in youth ministry then moved to other areas. Even though there is a lot of musical talent in my three younger brothers, I was the only one to commit to full time worship ministry. My younger brothers all continue in full time preaching ministry currently serving in Crittenden, Kentucky, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Lancaster, Ohio.
My father retired from full time preaching ministry in 2008 at the age of 78, but then returned to preach in a church near South Shore, Kentucky, at the age of 80. Even though only part time at the church, they have grown from 11 attendees on his first Sunday (including my parents!) to 70 or more people worshipping in that church in the country. My dad will turn 87 in July!
We have traveled as far away as Arizona, Florida, Virginia, and northern Indiana to serve and we are grateful to be within a few hours of each other at this point in life.
When I think about the sermons we have all preached, the baptisms we have been privileged to be a part of, and the thousands of lives touched, I am profoundly overwhelmed with that legacy. I should mention that I have several cousins and an uncle who have also served in full time ministry.
That is our story, but what about yours? We each have a story to tell as we seek to multiply the ministry of Tates Creek Christian Church or wherever we may serve. When we look at the Scriptures, we see that the story did not end with the book of Revelation. The story continues with us. That is God’s Plan. I pray that each of you is leaving a legacy for your family that includes the desire to see each family member a part of God’s family.