God's Ministers in Retirement : An Emotional Trauma or a Fulfilled Utopia?
There is a pressure on the pastor that never goes away. Most times the pastor is not aware of the pressure because he has lived under it for so long. But, it is there. He may mark a day on the calendar as his "day off," but one phone call and he is at the hospital, or at the home of a hurting person. He may plain a vacation with his family and is far away from home, but again, one phone call can cancel the plans as they rush back home because of a death in the church's family. In retirement, that pressure goes away and for that the pastor can be thankful. However, there is another pressure that takes its place. That pressure is described in the scriptures as being "a fire in the bones." It is the desire to preach.
- Paperback | 144 pages
- 152 x 229 x 8mm | 200g
- 25 Mar 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Dr Ernie Perkins
Ernie Perkins has had a most unusual life. He preached his first sermon as an eleven-year-old boy. The amazing thing is not that a little boy wanted to preach, the amazing thing is that his pastor and church took him seriously. They had seen his spirit and sensed that God was directing the boy in a unique manner. Thus, after talking with his pastor, the pastor made arrangement for him to preach the following Wednesday night. Under the pastor's leadership, the church gave him one Sunday night a month in which he was to preach. Furthermore, the church licensed him to the gospel ministry when he was twelve-years-old. Licensing in his denomination was the church's placing its approval on him and asking other churches to use him. It was an endorsement. Other churches did use him and he averaged preaching every week until he became pastor of his first church while still in high school. Realizing that a call to ministry was a call to prepare he has pursued his goal of life-long learning, earning three master degrees and four doctoral degrees. He and his wife, Wanda, keep their furniture in Edmond, Oklahoma.