Pastor Pat McKinstry: The Power of Obedience
Hearing and obeying God are two important responsibilities of believers today. Knowing Godâ€™s voice and following Godâ€™s directions are essentials to success in ministry. As we continue celebrating dynamic women on the frontline with a Kingdom assignment, Pastor Pat McKinstry shares with Gospel Today a wonderful testimony of her path to the forefront in ministry.
â€œI Obeyed God.â€ – Pastor Pat McKinstry
Iâ€™ve been pastoring 21 years and just celebrated 41 years of marriage. I had no intention of being a pastor. I was the first female, first black and first person from a different denomination to go into the church where I went. I was â€œloanedâ€ to them by (my father in the Gospel) the late, Bishop William James, to help the ministry.
When I went in [the pastorate], there were eight people in a big, huge building and the youngest one was 65, the rest were in their 80s. I knew I couldnâ€™t do a thing with them, but I knew God had sent me there. I came off the road from preaching to thousands, and this church couldnâ€™t even pay me. They even asked me not to pray in the sanctuary, and I was the pastor! But I would pray in the back room, and we started drawing nationsâ€”over 13 nations came and people from different religions came.
One day I stood in the middle of the building and I asked the Lord, â€œHow am I going to fill this building up with people?â€ And the Lord said, â€œDo not worry about filling the building with people, fill the people up with Me; and when I send them to you, be careful how you handle them, because theyâ€™ve been purchased by My blood.â€
Two years ago, God told me to move, and I resigned the church that Sunday. I had no plan; no place to take the people; and I was at retirement age. I had been there 19 years, and I left with nothing, but I knew God told me to go.
The day I resigned, I saw a building that had come on the market, but I didnâ€™t have a dime. God sent Bishop Liston Page, Sr. and Dr Hazel Page [pastors from New York], and they said â€œGo on! Weâ€™ll see that you have a building.â€ They paid for the building and I was able to go in debt free; and during the transition I didnâ€™t lose any of the people that God allowed me to birth spiritually.
â€œWe just stepped into a season that our seed will kiss our harvest! Weâ€™ve been believing God in spite of… and God says that in this season, Heâ€™s removing time and because of our faithfulness and our stead- fastness, Heâ€™s allowing our seed to kiss our harvest. â€”Dr. Pat McKInstry