PREACHING MINISTER

           Steve McClure began his ministry with the Bloomington congregation in November, 2014.  He attended Ozark Christian College, and graduated from the El Paso School of Missions. He attributes growing up in a preacher’s home as fostering his love for the Lord and His Church.  He claims his various ministries as a continuing education.  Steve served the Westside Christian Church in El Paso, Texas, the Cane Valley Christian Church in Kentucky, the Smoky Mountain Christian Church in Sevierville, Tennessee, and First Christian Church in Carmi, Illinois before returning to the hills of Tennessee.  
He and his wife, Ginger, raised a son and a daughter, Ethan and Lydia.  They currently dote on a black hounddog, Mer’Ci, and a couple granddogs. 
FROM YOUR BLOOMIN’ PREACHER:

 Having just finished our sermon series on The Beatitudes of Jesus, I’ve been thinking about preaching.  I’ve devoted my entire adult life to being a preacher, like Jesus.  Have I been successful?  Well, that depends on your definition of success!     If your definition of success is making lots and lots of money, then no, I haven’t been very successful… but neither was Jesus: He had “nowhere to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)    Is success having a large attendance each Sunday?  I don’t think so.  Whose responsibility is it to get up, get dressed and go to church?  Or better still, who is responsible for YOU?   Did you know that the average Protestant church has an attendance of 89 each week?  Only 2% of churches are at 100 or more, and 9 out of 10 churches will never make it to 350.   Bloomington is in the top 2% of churches, but successful churches aren’t always large.    Is success being able preach extemporaneously, without notes?  If so, then Billy Graham wasn’t a success!  Every great preacher knows it takes time and effort preparing to preach… but it is time well spent.  Those who criticize preachers for preparing their sermons or preaching with notes have probably never preached.  Criticizing someone for being prepared doesn’t make the critic sound any smarter.  II Timothy 2:15 says: “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” (NLT)    The only true measure of success will ultimately come when we stand before our Savior and hear His words:  “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)                                                                          Steve McClure