Thank you for taking just a moment of your time to hear my heart, and to get to know me a little better. Believe me, I know and can relate to how busy that you are, and also how many travelling ministers contact you about speaking in your church. I recall something that the late Kenneth E. Hagin said on many occasions. In essence, he advised that it would be good for every pastor to travel for at least 2 years, and for every travelling minister to pastor for at least 2 years. In this way, both pastors and travelling ministers would be able to better understand each other’s respective roles and experiences.
I have had the privilege and experience of both itinerating and being a Senior Pastor. I have been in itinerant ministry in the past for over 13 years, and as of the time of this writing I have had seven years of Senior Pastor experience, both in assuming the pastorate of an existing work, as well as pioneering from the ground up my own church. I too have gone through the highs and lows that go with staying at your post within the local church, and serving God as faithfully as you know how too through the good, and the not so good. As you know, not everyone can say that they have been able to pastor their own church, as well as travel from church to church as a guest speaker. I believe that these factors, in addition to my education and biblical knowledge, have equipped me to be a blessing within the local church. I have a strong leading and calling to take what I have by the Spirit, and with the Lord’s help deposit it both to pastors and their congregation.
As a pastor, when I would consider having someone in to speak in my church (the person), and when to do so (the timing), I always asked myself these things, “What can they bring that my church needs right now, and what is unique about their ministry?” Particularly, “in what way does the Lord use them, that He does not use me?” I knew that my congregation needed exposure to anointing’s that I myself did not operate in. With so many itinerants to choose from, I think that those are valid questions.
With that in mind, here is what my mission is and what the Lord has called me to do: To teach with revelation knowledge, to impart His healing power, to welcome His Spirit’s moving, to hasten His soon return. The calling and objective of this ministry is, “. . . to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17). There is a revivalist type calling upon this ministry, and a passion to stir people up in their spirits in preparation for the soon Coming of the Lord! Pastor, should this witness with your spirit and create in you a desire for this in your church, I would be honored to serve you in ministering to your congregation.
Rev. Chris Cochran