Yesterday I listed Unity Baptist Church in Plainville, GA. I have been the pastor for one month and there are several things related to the church for which I would specifically like to give thanks. The present church building went up in 1955 and they built a parsonage in 1957. The small church cannot afford to offer a full time salary but they do provide housing and utilities. We are moving into a 3 bedroom brick home with a carport and a fenced-in yard. I can walk from my front door to the pastor’s office in less than 5 minutes. For us it’s kind of a big deal.
It’s a big deal for some at the church as well, or at least they made a big deal of it. The church parsonage concept is becoming a thing of the past. Their most recent pastors before me already owned a home and it’s rare anymore for a man to stay in one pastorate for 20 or 30 years. The church had put the house on the market while they rented it out. There were no serious offers in five years; one couple from out of state was interested but could not afford the asking price. I visited the house with two of the deacons and told them we were interested. One of them took up the For Sale sign before we left. Since that day they have taken three calls from people wanting to be shown the house! They are convinced it was God’s plan as he knew we would need that house in 2014. It confirms what they already believed, that God had prepared us for that church and brought us to it, and that he is not done working in that place.
I pray for the church daily, and hope they are right. In the meantime we are grateful and give thanks to the Lord for what he has done and is doing.