50 Years of Ministry
DATE POSTED: 12/14/2017  |     |   Category: Friend to Friend

On Sunday afternoon, December 10, I had the privilege of representing Denton Baptist Association at a 50 year pastoral anniversary.  Pastor Mark Chew has spent his years in ministry as the pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, which is located on South Wood Street in Denton. He and his lovely wife Dr. Rose Chew have labored together caring for this congregation. It is the only church he has ever pastored.

I have been an ordained minister of the gospel for 20 years and I have heard of only one other minister who had spent 50 years of his ministry in the same church. In my estimation, less than one percent of ministers have achieved this goal.  What a blessing for this church and their pastor to have achieved this milestone.


Reverend Dr. Bruce Datcher preached the special sermon for the occasion out of I Peter 5:2-4 “Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being an example to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”


Pastor Datcher shared a few observations from this passage. The shepherd must serve the flock because he is willing. He should be called to the position that he is serving. He must be eager to do the Lord’s work and remember that he is leading the flock and not driving a herd.


These insights, along with the special celebration, reminded me that as a minister of the gospel I must do these same things. I must be called to serve willingly not as one who is coerced. I must not serve in order to get a pay check. I must set the example for the congregation.

As we look to the New Year, may those of you who serve in ministry take these verses to heart.  May they inspire you to serve faithfully as you care for the flock assigned to you. According to  scripture, if you and I can do that, God will one day offer us an unfading crown of glory.



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