Published August 26, 2010
We hear about churches that mistreat their pastor in so many ways, and it causes us to feel indifferent toward them. However I want to share with you about a church that truly walked another mile for their pastor.
I served nine months as interim pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Hogansville. This is a small church located in a depressed section of the city. In August of 2009 they called Scott Adams as their pastor. They moved him and his family from West Virginia.
His wife was expecting their fourth child. Scott came with much enthusiasm and he had a great vision for the church. Three months later he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This was a very devastating blow to him and the church. For the next seven months he was unable to fulfill the pastoral duties.
The membership rallied and gave him support unlike anything I have ever witnessed. They paid his full salary and took care of the family in every way. It was a tremendous financial burden for the small congregation, but they gladly met the challenge. The Georgia Baptist Convention and Troup Baptist Associational Missions Director Aaron McCullough helped locate pulpit supply.
Just a few weeks ago on Aug. 4, Scott went home to be with the Lord. The church made the decision to pay his full salary for August and gave his wife an extra $2,000 to assist her in moving back to North Carolina.
This church, though small in number, is to be commended for their unselfish Christian love. What a witness this has been to the entire city of Hogansville. God will indeed bless them. Please pray for the search committee as they seek Godís man for this loving, caring church.
Love Never Fails.
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