Wednesday, May 27, 2009
My Thanks To Pastor Darrell Johns
Psalms 90:12 (KJV) 12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Pastor Darrell Johns has a strong background in youth and family ministry. Clear and understandable biblical teaching is a hallmark of his ministry. His ministerial background includes 17 years in youth and family ministry, and leadership training.
He served as a pastoral staff member at the First Pentecostal Church in Jackson, Mississippi from 1978 - 1988. During this time, he also served as a Bible college instructor and from 1986 - 1988, as Administrator of Jackson College of Ministries. Many readers of this blog will remember his years of excellent service to the General Youth Division of the United Pentecostal Church International, including his tenure as the General Youth President.
Since September of 1995 he has served as Pastor of the Atlanta West Pentecostal Church (www.awpc.org) in Lithia Springs, Georgia. Apart from all the accolades that I could mention regarding his revival church and his contribution to the work of God around the world, there is one thing that stands out in my memory when I consider my gratitude for his impact on my life:
Pastor Johns has always had time… to encourage and inspire others (including me). I can recall numerous occasions when he took the time to “speak into my life” with insight that always provoked me to pursue excellence in my service to Jesus Christ.
At some point in the early 1990’s Pastor Johns recommended that I read “Ordering Your Private World”, by Gordon MacDonald. Ironically one of the subjects that is handled masterfully by MacDonald in this book is time management. Please forgive me Pastor Johns; just this week I found the time to read this book. You were right as usual, what an awesome and insightful reading.
My delay in responding to the aforementioned recommendation was not due to disregard for the wisdom and instruction that I have grown to cherish from my dear friend. In fact on numerous occasions I have purchased this book for others I wanted to impact in a positive manner.
Almost twenty years have come and gone and my recent reading has revealed one of the greatest qualities that I have observed often in Rev. Darrell Johns: He has succeeded in making the most of the minutes, hours and days that have past since he first started influencing my life. Today I am especially inspired by his example and I wanted him and YOU to know it.
Recently I ran into Rev. Darrell Johns in the lobby of the Hampton Inn on Dunn Road in Hazelwood, Missouri. After a brief discussion with Pastor Johns, I was NOT surprised in the least that he was up late (as usual) redeeming the time. He was helping his youngest son Justin with a College paper that was soon due.
After my own “overdue assignment” and after observing the life of Darrell Johns through the years, I am reminded that greatness doesn’t happen by accident. Great men, great families, and great churches are intentional. They are testament to the passionate pursuit of godly priorities. Similar to the priorities I have read about, not just in books, but in the lives of people like Darrell Johns.
Ephesians 5:15 - 17 (KJV) 15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.