Monday, October 24, 2005

Über Christ Followers – Part 3 – Dan Plourde

Über Christ Followers – Part 3 – Dan Plourde

When I felt like a failure, Dan Plourde believed in me.

After struggling for a couple of years, trying to start a church in southwest Washington, Dan asked me to come help him with a church plant in Jupiter, FL.

“My resume isn’t all that great,” I told him.

“I don’t care. I can’t think of anybody I’d rather have on my team,” Dan said. “Besides, it’s not like there’s a job with a salary waiting here for you. I can’t make any promises. I have no idea where you’re going to live. Are you in?”

The greatest opportunities in ministry often come when taking the greatest risks. That was eight years ago. Since then, we’ve watched the Lord add to the body at Calvary Chapel Jupiter. It’s here that I’ve had the best ministry opportunities. It was under Dan’s leadership that I’ve had a passion for international missions ignite. It was under his guidance that I watched students in our church have their first opportunities to experience the mission field. I’ve seen my own leadership skills grow and be refined. My teaching skills have developed and put to use. I’ve been a part of pioneering a church plant and developing leaders in ministry. All this has happened on Dan’s watch.

Dan’s teaching has given my kids a love and hunger for God’s Word. They have enjoyed the Bible study and learned from listening to his tapes and live teaching since they were elementary aged. Bible study has been an everyday ingredient in their spiritual growth.

I owe Dan a debt of gratitude for his dedication to teaching God’s Word. His belief that God can use anybody to do the incredible is an example of faith lived out well in his life and ministry.

Nehemiah 6:3
“…I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.”

1 comment:

Chris Goeppner said...

Pastor Dan is an uber pastor!!!