Loving the Place We Call Home: Our Ministry and Church Family

A new job in pastoral ministry often means moving to a new town—a community to learn to know, love, and call home. A change in location also involves the important task of loving our new ministry and church family. Perhaps more so than members of the broader community, there is a particular vulnerability that comes with loving the Christians we live with. Patience, forgiveness, and grace (just to name a few) are God’s generous gifts that we need to love well.

One great aspect of growing up in a small town church is how I learned to appreciate those who differed from me. A small congregation meant I did not have the option of befriending those “like” me. Besides my sister I do not recall there being another female Christian close to my age. Although the situation had challenges, I learned to value diversity. Praise God for the unity we can have in Jesus!

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About Nicole Martin

Nicole is married to Trevor, who serves as co-pastor with another pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in the small town of Emo, Ontario, Canada. She grew up in rural Manitoba and attended Briercrest College (Saskatchewan), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry. Nicole joined the ranks of pastors’ wives when the couple moved to northwestern Ontario in Fall 2015. Nicole’s opportunities to serve the Lord and people around her are taking on new dimensions as she and Trevor experience vocational ministry together and persevere in parenting their two preschool girls with the third one on the way! She particularly enjoys hosting with her family and connecting with other moms one-on-one.

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