thegoodenoughpastor

Enjoying the freedom of being good enough

About

I’m currently the pastor of Community Covenant Church, Osage City, KS.  My background includes providing pastoral care and counseling, planting a church and serving as its pastor for 20 years, counseling in a private practice, and several youth ministry assignments.

I have been married to my wonderful wife since 1979. We have been blessed with five children and one grandchild. I like being a good enough husband and good enough dad. Oh, please check out my wife’s blog at http://www.thegoldenexperience.com.

I’m Jeff King, and I’m the Good Enough Pastor.

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15 thoughts on “About

  1. looking forward to reading what is on your mind and heart .

  2. Jeff King on said:

    Andi, welcome aboard!

  3. maurice gregoire on said:

    sounds like a good blog, will be reading and maybe put my 2 cents in the mix.
    Maurice G.

  4. maurice gregoire on said:

    no one needs wisdom more than those in positions of authority and responsibility. Parents,teachers,civic leaders,pastors-the need is the same-skill in making moral,ethical and spiritual decisions consistent with God’s word and will. Why? because their choices impact not only their lives but also the lives of those they are attempting to lead into righteous paths of conduct and character.
    my 2 cents

  5. This is an interesting thought. We always want to walk in grace and have the freedom to walk this journey, learning life lessons along the way. This is God’s gift to every man, woman, and child on this earth, no matter what title they hold. However, there are always consequences that are set in motion with each decision we make. At times those decisions may give importance for a pastor/leader to put his leadership skills and abilities on pause for a time. This is not only a leadership principle inside of the church, but one that is applicable in any field. I believe the Lord is far more concerned with the individual health of the person than the work that person can do. I had someone come up to me in church, that is a friend from years ago, but is new to the church I currently pastor at in Sparks, NV. He has many personal issues that need attention and needs to take the time to grow solid roots and good health. In our first conversation we had he opened up with, “How can you use me?” I almost choked because the last thing I want to do is use him. I want him to get healthy and in that health use the gifts and abilities the Lord has given him to point others to the Lord. In truth, this man has been used most of his life and does not truly know what it looks like to be accepted and cared for. There is a part of me that thinks that he would rather just be used than face the work it will take to seek the Lord and find healing. Many pastors that I have met function the same way. Instead of dealing with their life, they would prefer to be used and skip the hard work of healing.

    To give thought to your question…

    The good enough pastor is not the answer for peoples problems but is simply a road sign pointing people to Christ. The concrete that would hold up that sign is a mixture of grace, mercy, and humanity.

    • Great insight Kristopher. I find it interesting that we choose the vocabulary we do. To be “used” carries with it some connotation that isn’t always healthy. I think it plays into your observation that we’d rather be “used” than deal with our stuff and get healthy. In fact, I wonder that in our culture of “using” people as means to an end, if we adopt that idea with God? Do we see Him more interested in “using” us as a means to an end than He is interested in restoring and maturing us? Shame tells us that all we’re good for is to be “used”–that we have no intrinsic value and worth. As a result, we’re really not worth enough to go through the process of getting healthy, to be cared for and accepted. Thanks for bringing this to the table.

  6. I love finally hearing a counseling and psychology perspective on the ministry. I think a lot of pastors write it off as secular humanism and don’t take a good look at the way God has designed us.

    Isn’t it ironic how much more we can do when we aren’t perfectionists? It usually prevents us from doing anything at all just because we are afraid we won’t do it well enough. Thank you for your leadership.

  7. Dennis Durham on said:

    Jeff,

    Do you remember your old Campus Life leader? I’m working at the Creation
    Museum now (creationsglory7@yahoo.com)! How are you and Kareen?
    Please come visit us some time near Cincinnati–or better yet, bring a busload
    of your church folks with you to see the museum and the life-size Ark (opens
    this summer–advance internet tickets needed for a while).

    God bless you, Pastor!

    Dennis Durham

    • Hey, Dennis. So good of you to check in. I think of you often and wonder what you’re up to. We’re doing well. Kids are grown, three are married, and we just had our first grandchild. How in the world did that happen???? Hope you’re well. Keep in contact.

      • Dennis Durham on said:

        Jeff and Kareen,

        We moved from our 34 year stay in Maryland (remember our road trip w/Mario?) in Nov. 2013 to begin working at the Creation Museum. We have a condo in the area–a nice guest bedroom for visitors like yourselves! Our two adult children are out on their own and living lives not pleasing to God (though they both professed Christ in their teen years and both were baptized at their own volition).

        Please pray for Nicole and Chris–thank you! We’d love to host you two for a visit,
        including free admissions to the Creation Museum. Just email us at:
        creationsglory7@yahoo.com

        God bless–Dennis

  8. Dennis Durham on said:

    Jeff,

    Have you checked this blog since 3/16?

    Dennis

  9. Dennis Durham on said:

    I keep checking, but no reply (9/9/16)

    Dennis

    • I’m sorry, Dennis. I thought I’d replied. I don’t know what happened to it. At any rate, it is so good to hear from you. So much has happened since those Campus Life days, obviously. All five of our children are on their own now. Three are married, and we have one granddaughter. All the kids live close by, except our third child (oldest daughter). She lives in Germany and works for Lufthansa Airline. We’re proud of our kids and enjoy a great relationship with them, for which we are very thankful. My parents are still living, and all things considered, do pretty well for their mid-80’s. Would love to connect more with you. Find me on FB (Jeffrey King). You can see pictures of our crew. Blessings.

      • Dennis Durham on said:

        Jeff,
        We don’t do FaceBook. how about an email to converse with you two?
        Dennis and Debra

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