God's Love Is For Real
Proverbs 22:1- ESV - A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
I once read that there are nine (9) Essential Qualities of a Godly Leader. The first one is this – A good leader seeks God’s direction. Is there anything more important in a leader than he or she seeking God’s direction? Proverbs 16:1 says “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” Verse 3 adds,”Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” And verse 9 “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” A good leader seeks the Lord, commits his way to the Lord, and the Lord establishes the next steps.
Evangelist Matthew Myles Sr., has Pastored the Central Pointe Church of Christ, here in Bloomington, IL, at 406 S. Clinton St., for the past 1 year and 4 months. He took over leadership of the church after Pastor Larry Johnson, who Pastored the church for 15 years, resigned as the Senior Pastor of the Central Pointe Church of Christ at the end of 2017. He started his preaching journey at the very early age of 17 years old. Pastor Myles has been summoned on, over his years in the ministry to Pastor at several churches in different states. Pastor Myles is assured, thru conviction of the Holy Spirit and God's Word that he was chosen and anointed by God before he was born to preach and teach the Word of God. One of Pastor Myles passions and goals is preparing the church to be disciples of Jesus Christ. His passion, his willingness to serve, his Love for God, God's people, and the work of the Lord is evident by all who come into contact with him.
I asked Pastor Evangelist Matthew Myles Sr, “What is the foundational scripture for your Ministry?” He quickly responded with Mathew 28:18-20 (KJV), “18. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” He then said, “so my call is of God, and if it's of God, it has to be of the purpose of God; and the purpose of God for the church is to save the world!.”
I asked Pastor Myles Sr this question "What are some of the things that have been accomplished at the church under your leadership?" His response was "One thing that is interesting about my ministry is that my father (the late Pastor Evangelist Mark Myles Sr) was 50 years old when I was born, and he had been Pastoring and Preaching for over 20 plus years when I was born,.So one of the greatest values that I learned from my father about ministry is to never rush to do anything. Never make decisions of change without proper observation and research. And so I've made it a practice in my ministry for over the past 15 years, whenever I'm called to a work or to take over a ministry, the very first year, I do nothing to change the church or the ministry. That's a year of observation, prayer, meditation, meeting and interviewing to get to know the leadership, as well as the church as well as my research for the community, the neighborhood, and the government officials, etc." Pastor Myles also stated that under his leadership just this past year alone, 16 souls have been added to the church baptized.
Pastor Myles stated that in his first year of Pastoring at the Central Pointe Church of Christ, he did a lot of teaching and training via bible studies. Preparing the church on how to become disciples of Christ. Teaching and equipping the church how to teach the gospel of Christ; the gospel of salvation. This year the church has begin to redesign/started the young adults ministry. Pastor Myles stated that the strongest thing currently about the young adults ministry is the bible study class that they have started on Sunday mornings in conjunction with the other bible study classes (adults, youths and daycare). Pastor Myles says that his aim, and his goal with the youth of the church is a "mentoring program" thru the members of the church in order to train them for every area of the church. He wants to develop these youth into leaders of and in the church and the world.
Pastor Myles Sr was asked the question "What is the difference in his leadership style and former Pastor Larry Johnson's leadership style?" His response was "one of the things that I've obviously noticed in our ministry/leadership style is that Bro Johnson works very, very close with a ministry leadership team in all areas and aspects of the church, and our leadership style is very similar. However, I want to concentrate on developing Elders and Deacons for the Lord's church. The main part of this is that this is the # one Biblical/Scriptural concept for leadership of the church. It also divides the work of the church into it's proper channels. The Elders will be focused more on the Spiritual matters of the church (shepherding, feeding, protecting, leading, promoting healthy fellowship) guarding the flock against false doctrine and teaching, and also strengthening the spiritual bond of the church. The Deacons can focus more on the formal matters, business aspect and the physical needs of the church, which will cause the church to grow in a greater and stronger way. This will cause unity in the church, and the men will not be divided in their mindsets in the church. So the main difference in Pastor Johnson's style of leadership and my style of leadership is that Pastor Johnson's focus was/is a team of ministry leaders and my goal is Elders and Deacons."
Pastor Myles Sr was asked if he considered himself a "Trailblazer". He modestly said "no", however, he definitely considers Pastor Larry Johnson as the trailblazer in this case. He stated that Pastor Johnson and his beautiful wife Margareete Johnson, and family came to this great city of Bloomington, IL, and it was a "barren land" as far as the Church of Christ. But he considers himself to be part of Pastor Johnsons' Trailblazing ministry for the Church of Christ here in the Bloomington, IL area.
Pastor Myles Sr. never forgets to honor his parents (his dad, the late Evangelist Mark Myles Sr and his beautiful mother Dr Opear R Myles). Final question for Pastor Evangelist Matthew Myles Sr, "What would you like to be remembered for Pastor Myles Sr?" His response "From the White House to the Out House I want to be remembered as a Man of Integrity and Compassion. I believe that a man does not have to be perfect in order to be a man of integrity but a man of standards." His anchor of scripture currently is Psalm 27. King David has been a great encouragement in his life. Pastor Myles is a man that is in high demand for ministry. He has an upcoming engagement on May 12, 2019 to speak at a Scholarship banquet in Chicago, IL. He is the Keynote speaker for this engagement. Pastor Myles will also be celebrating his 2nd year as the Pastor at the Central Pointe Church of Christ on June 8 & 9, 2019. He welcomes all who are willing to come and celebrate with him and the Church family on these two days. In the meantime, you can catch Pastor Myles Sr at the Central Pointe Church of Christ every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. preaching the Word of God, and Sunday school which starts at 9:15 a.m. People of God, I give you Pastor Evangelist Matthew Myles Sr as “godsloveisforreal.org” choice of the month for “The Unsung”. God Bless you Pastor Myles Sr and thank your for allowing us to "Unsung" you.