Dr. Allen Domelle
The future of any organization highly depends on the amount of youth coming up through the ranks. For many years, I have always looked at the balance of age in a church to determine its future. A church that has no youth rarely has the life to continue growing. It is not that those who are older don’t want a church to grow, but they just don’t have the energy they once had to continue growing. In my experience, a church that has no youth is a church that simply tries to maintain what it has.
Dr. Allen Domelle
Battles, we all hate them. Yet, if you could only understand the benefits of battles you would see that they are not as bad as you think. Yes, there are casualties in battles, which nobody likes to see, but if you look beyond the battle and see the benefits that come from them, you can see why you need to go through them.
Throughout my lifetime, I have had my share of battles. Growing up in a preacher’s home placed me in battles that were not of my own choosing. I watched my parent’s battle low finances. I watched my father go through six church splits, and none of them seemed to be beneficial at the time. I can remember the last split my father went through, those who were instigating the battle actually came to me and wanted me to vote against my father. It was quite the ordeal.
Since entering into the ministry myself, I have had my own battles that I’ve had to endure and trust me, I have not asked for any of them. The personal attacks, lost friends, stress and sleepless nights have not been enjoyable. Yet, if you were to ask me if I would go through the battles again, I would answer affirmatively every time. Though I would not want to again face the hardships that each battle brought, I do want the results that each battle gave me.
I truly believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that I still live in, and am a citizen of, the greatest nation on the face of the earth. I grant you that she has been tossed and torn and tarnished at times, but the wave of Old Glory still strikes a throb deep within my heart and the Good Ol’ USA still offers the greatest living conditions of any nation. We have truly been blessed. It saddens my heart that the guardians of freedom, some of our finest young men, are disgraced by our citizens. The blood shed by our fallen heroes is scoffed at by so called “religious” institutions. I LOVE AMERICA! However, my love for my country cannot dimmen my eyes as to the condition of this “One Nation Under God”. It is time to face reality.
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley