It’s not a bad thing

Today, when we told a friend at Vineyard Church of Lewiston that we’d closed VCW, he compassionately said, “This has been a really tough season for you guys, hasn’t it?”

I don’t remember how I responded. But it got me thinking.

I’m really doing fine with closing the church. I miss it. Alot. I hope I get to be a pastor of a church again.

And yes, we’ve been through more “tough” situations in the last 3 1/2 years than I can remember. I’ve been in leadership positions since I was a kid. But pastoring a church was the first time I was required to be a leader.

But God never promised me a thriving, vibrant church. Or tons of healings or salvations. Or anything. As far as I know, He didn’t promise it to anyone that called VCW “home.”

All I know is that God called my family to Waterville. He promised to be with us. And He is.

And we’ve gotten to see the Kingdom break out. People have been healed. Lives have been changed. People are following Jesus more closely than they were earlier.

It’s really good. And I wouldn’t want to be any place else.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

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