5,372 days and counting

by Captain Peter Mount

“During the most life-changing moments of people’s lives, they often look for and to their pastor.”

Over the past 15 years of my officership, this statement has proved true.

I have been humbled and privileged to be at the side of many of my congregation members during the most exciting and devastating moments of their lives from their marriages or the birth of their first child to times when all their possessions have been destroyed by a fire or they have suffered the loss of a loved one.

These experiences have been some of the most challenging and rewarding times of my ministry as an officer. The opportunity to practice the ministry of presence and to pray with members of my corps family during these times have been a great honor and divine appointment from the Lord. The Holy Spirit revealed Himself in each of these situations, and I am grateful for His love, power and faithfulness.

The opportunity to provide support, love and care is one of the joys and imperatives of officership. To be the conduit for the Holy Spirit to work through in times of grief and loss and to follow the leading of Holy Spirit during premarital counseling and in the dedication of children to God is one of the most amazing and rewarding things to me about being a Salvation Army officer, a pastor to God’s people.

I love seeing others touched by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit and pray that I, along with my fellow officers, will continue to see God work through those of us He has called to fulltime ministry as officers.

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