I Want More Than Four More Years!

Four years ago, a monumental election took place. And right in the middle of the election, the economy collapsed.

But I was not paying attention.

I had monumental issues going on in my life and ministry that I was preoccupied with.

During the summer of 2008, I was engaged in a process that would eventually result in me becoming the Senior-Pastor of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

The Wednesday after the election of Barack Obama, my installation services began. I totally forget to mention that the nation had elected its first black president the day before. My guest speaker saved the day by mentioning it in his opening remarks.

Sorry.

In my heart and mind, a much bigger event was taking place. I was beginning a new pastoral journey in a new setting with a new congregation.

Four years later, I feel the same way.

This week marks four years since I was installed as the pastor of Shiloh.

I am blessed to serve a great people. I know that pastors are obligated to say that. But this is not yearbook talk for me.

The congregation was coming out of a difficult season, when I arrived. Aspects of my leadership were different from what the congregation had grown accustomed to over the pastor fifteen years. And I was a different face and voice from the other side of the country.

I braced myself for the fact that the congregation would not even begin to like me for at least five years.

How wrong I was.

Immediately, the saints of Shiloh embraced my family and me. They have loved, supported, encouraged, prayed, and blessed us beyond measure.

I am grateful. But I am not satisfied.

Obama got four more years.

I don’t want more years. I want decades!

My prayer is to go to heaven from the Shiloh Church.

May the Lord grant us many more years of fruitful service together as pastor and people for his glory!

Happy Anniversary, Shiloh!

I love you.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Jeremiah Robinson Jr.

    God bless you Pastor! I appreciate your love for christian education and for embrace the USJMBA Congress. Thank you.

  • Frankye Flowers

    May God bless you and keep you! Thanks for all that you do. We love you!!

  • Henry & Marilyn Myers

    The Myers family loves you and your family as well. We support you and pray for more years together because you are a humble servant who is passionate about serving! May God bless Shiloh and may we honor His chosen.

  • Allen Dixie1

    I don’t know what God will is but yes, I want decades too! I hope you will be the last Pastor that I will serve & worship under. Thank God for you and your family Pastor Charles!

  • Angelia Menchan

    We love you and thank God for you and your family. We are all in.

  • J. Butler

    We thank The Lord for you and your family and look forward to many, many years to come. God bless you

  • c.s.

    The poweres that be are ordained by God. May you have what you say, Pastor. Tonight don’t forget to remind Shiloh to pray for President Obama and his family for the next four years!!! Stay encouraged and be blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/ForMeItWorks For Me, It Works…

    I will never forget the conversation you and I had even before you left MSBC. You told me that “God has my ‘Yes’”. I thank God for bringing you and your family to Shiloh. I pray for many more years (decades) with you as my spiritual leader also. Grace, Peace, & Blessings.