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Men of My Tribe: Nate the Great
Nate was Assistant to the Governor, (Mayor Archer of Detroit described her as a legal genius). He’s one of those highly efficient people that God has placed in my life, and far be it from me to look a gift horse in the mouth. He’s gone into the ministry. I’d call him Rev. Nate, but I know another Rev. Nate as well. Nate stands 6’5”, he has real big hands and feet (size 15 shoes) and is left handed.
I don’t think he realizes how much pressure he’s under. His sister was just ordained a few weeks ago. I don’t know whether she’s older or younger, but I’m sure it puts a lot of pressure on him to have to be a better preacher than his sister. He might not admit to it, but I’m sure he feels it.
I see him struggling with his preaching, he’s trying so hard that he gets in his own way. He wants to be good so bad, I can see him trying with every fiber of his being. I know one day he’ll be the best preacher ever, he’ll settle for nothing less, but for right now he’s struggling. He does his best preaching during Sunday School and Wednesday night prayer service. If he could just relax and let it flow he’d be the instrument God intended, but I guess he has to grow to that point.
I told him not to beat himself up too much over his woes, it‘s good for him to struggle. Once, when I was struggling with public speaking Pastor told me it was good that I struggle or I would think that I had special favor with God, and I wouldn‘t need God. I told Nate the same thing, I also told him he’s in the advanced class. Our other Associate Ministers: Rev. Harvey, whom I’ll introduce later, told me that he knew he wanted to be a preacher when he was 10yrs old! Rev. Dr, whom I will also introduce you to, has been preaching for nearly 10yrs and has mastered it. Rev. Max is a ‘Johnny-come-lately’ to our church, but has been a preacher for nearly 30yrs. He said he pastured a church in Philadelphia for some years before coming hear. They’ve all had time to develop their own styles and get in lots of practice.
Nate is a proponent of the Maxwell leadership model. We’ve talked about him mentoring me into this next stage of my life/Deaconship. We’ve also talked about my mentoring Devon and him giving me advice, and strategies to help. Currently, Nate the Great is trying to get his consulting business off the ground. He’s invested a lot of time into it and it keeps him from focusing on his ministry more.
Rev. Nate also struggles with his wife not attending, I don’t think it’s such a big deal. I think she just doesn’t want to let anyone bully her into anything, (reminds me a lot of my own wife). Rev. Max has a similar problem that we’ll discuss when I get around to him. It’s not like she doesn’t believe, or doesn’t approve, I think she’ll come around in her own good time. I think he has to remember that she didn’t sign on for this, he did. He got the “call” not her. God will deal with her call in her own good time. Until then I’m going to watch and learn as much as I can from him.

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