Pastor Mike Shaffer
by Debbie Taylor
(Tujunga, CA. United States)
Pastor Mike & Barbara Shaffer
Pastor Mike Shaffer is the pastor of a flock of approximately 200 people at Open Bible church in Tujunga California.
I am one of the sheep in his flock. My name is Debbie Taylor, I also have an online ministry and often get told Religion, Church, and the Bible are of man.
This is my answer to them. You may be correct with the exception of the Bible because it is God inspired.
I tell them may we are the exception to what they think may be the rule. We are a blessed church in so many ways but mostly because of the Shepherd of our flock. Pastor Mike shows by example, and we not only come to fill pews on Sunday mornings, but we are there for each other. When one member is sick we are there, when one member has a baby we are there bringing meals and just going to see the new bundle of joy. We are known in this valley as the church that prays, and where the good Lord blesses with answered prayers. When someone is sick, we pray for them, and are there for them.
If someone needs something someone else will always come through and provide and it's usually Pastor Mike leading the efforts. Pastor Mike is there for each and every member of his flock. It's not just an 8 hour day for this man it's a 24 hour blessing to all those that he comes into contact with.
He also practices what he preaches and reaches out to not only the community but the world. Our little congregation raised the money and sent a team to build an orphanage, church and a water well in India. We have also done the same for many years in Mexico. This poem fits Pastor Mike.
This pastor appreciation poem was written by the author for her pastor's ordination. The word "pastor" is used as an acronym.
A pastor’s heart is Protective
and guards his flock from Satan’s snares.
A pastor’s heart is Attentive
and seeks to know his people’s cares.
A pastor’s heart is Sacrificial
and for his sheep will give its all.
A pastor’s heart is Tender
and listens to the Spirit’s call.
A pastor’s heart is Obedient
and heeds the Master’s commands.
A pastor’s heart is Reflective
to convey God's loving plans.