Small Church Pastor Interview: Pastor Eric Roach

Pastor Eric Roach
Standing at the Cross Christian Church
Carthage, Mo.

What do you enjoy the most about being a pastor?

The look on people’s face when they realize God is working in their lives. When someone experiences a miracle or their prayers are answered. Helping young Christians understand the power they have available to them with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The time I get to spend with people that are hurting or going through a rough patch…helping them get into the word of God…watching them grow and find the joy in Gods word.

If you had to pick one thing that you feel is a real strength of your church, what would it be?

The love of the Church family and how we welcome people that visit…with that our outreach has grown immensely.

What are two advantages of the small church?

Being able to know everyone, I think people are more at ease with helping out…volunteering.

What will be one of the greatest challenges your church will face this year?

Finances…the lack thereof.

How do you hope to address that challenge?

Control expenses…search for areas to cut costs. We found someone different to do the lawn care. It saved us $20 a week. Keep folks informed of where we are financially. Don’t be ashamed to talk about the financial side of things.

What one thing do you wish your members knew about what it is like being a pastor?

How much time is involved. People expect you to be available whenever they need anything. It is very stressful…not only do you have your own problems…you are expected to take on everyone in the congregations.

If you had to give one piece of advice to a new pastor just starting out, what would it be?

Be tough…don’t let people push you around. You can’t study the word of God enough. Don’t let others dictate your sermons. Get ready to get your heart broken.

What are you currently reading?

The Blessed Church by Robert Morris.