Frustrations From a Pastor
At a very young age, I have had a calling to be a Pastor. It's been a battle between flesh and spirit that God is our ultimate source for all things. Often times, I think of the Patriarchs and how they had very few distractions, compared to our "modern" era. I've wondered what it would be like to be on top of that mountain, chasing scattered sheep, eventually leading me to the burning bush. To be completely connected with the Lord has been my constant pursuit..No distractions, no meaningless activities, no... RING RING!
*A phone rings before I can complete a thought.
This is the story of our every day lives as a Pastor. As we answer calls, emails, visits, and care for many, the thought begins to creep in..will we have enough quiet time, just to ourselves to really seek Him?
We live in a time where we are continuously interrupted by the demands of technology. If you ask my wife, she would tell you how much I dislike being on my phone, whether it's calls or texts. But on the same token, I certainly don't want to deny anyone who is struggling. So I suck it up...we suck it up. For most of us, all we look for every day is our quiet time, where we can be alone with God, like Moses, on that ancient mountain. I am constantly reminded that although God existed in the pre technological era with the Patriarchs, he cannot be found there any longer. That time has now passed. The time is now. He lives in the Word by His Spirit, but He is currently among us. He exists now. For the psalmist declares, "God is a present help in times of trouble." (Psalms 46:1).
The last thing I want to do at LightHouse is create another distraction. There is just one problem... people are obsessed with distractions. As Pastors, we know this, or at least we should, and try to lead by example, thus convincing others to rid their lives of these poisonous conceptions. But they keep going back to it. So another problem exists for us. Do we keep beating our heads against the wall, or do we meet them where they are, so that by all means, we may win some. For Paul, to the Corinthians Church, encourages us "To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some" (1 Corinthians 9:22) (KJV).
Why did God become a burning bush for Moses? Because He knew that's where Moses would be. We have to follow His example. The web is where people are. We need to meet them there, and set their hearts a flame to the Gospel. Your church is important, and people need to find you. This is why I believe LightHouse is not a distraction. It's the chance to redeem the time on the web. The idea alone that a person can casually glance at their phone or computer, and then in a few moments find a church (your church) that they've always been looking for, excites me to the core.
This is the reason LightHouse was created...for people to find you, and by finding you, they find the "light of the world."
Kyle Echols / Founder & CEO of LightHouse SEO