Pastor Kent D. Schuette
Here is what Kent says about his ministry.
“I am a seeker of wisdom! I started reading the bible when I was 19 years old. I was seeking then and I continue to seek now. I always have lots of questions about things. I do not readily accept information just because of what a preacher says, or a teacher says, or a denomination or a textbook says. I need to read, study, think, and pray on things and even then, I tend to be very open minded and willing to explore other ideas and thoughts. I don’t claim to know the absolute truth about the things in the bible. I do believe that Jesus is the son of God and that He did come to this earth and die for my sins. I do believe that there is life after death and I do believe that anyone who cries out to Jesus for mercy and forgiveness will receive it and be accepted into God’s Kingdom. I also believe that the most powerful force in the universe is love. I have experienced God’s Love, His Mercy and His Peace. That is what motivates me to be a pastor. I know that if God gave me His Peace and Mercy, He will do the same for others.” I see my job as a pastor being similar to what Match.com does for couples. I try to connect people with Jesus, help them develop the relationship, and then get out of the way. I don’t think it is biblical for pastors to act as a go-between the people and Jesus. All of us have direct access to God. When you want to get to know someone isn’t it better to talk with them directly as opposed to through someone else?
Kent’s thoughts on church.
Don’t get lost in your religion! That is one of my favorite sayings because it is so true. Personally i don’t care for religion because religion is man made. I want people to be in a relationship with Jesus and His teachings. That is the bottom line for me. Get to Know Jesus and what He taught and then apply that teaching into your everyday life. Stay connected to Jesus through daily prayer and bible reading but be a doer of the teachings. It is by applying the teachings into your everyday life that you will begin experiencing God’s peace and when you have God’s peace you have everything!
Kent’s thoughts on truth.
Truth is a very powerful word. I have talked with many people about the bible and when someone tells me that they have the truth I begin to get very uneasy. I think what people who say that really mean, their interpretation of the Bible is correct! I am a seeker of biblical truth but to say that I know the absolute truth would be very arrogant. In the book of Isaiah it says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. My advice to anyone who attends church, take the scriptures and sermon topic and then go directly to God and ask for His insight and wisdom on what was taught and how it applies to your personal life. Always let God have the last word in your life, not the pastor!