Pastor Broers began serving our community in April of 2010 with his wife Kristy and his three children. If you would like to contact him, please call his cell phone at 641-745-7648 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting to know Pastor Broers
Why did you go into the ministry?
Many people, throughout my life, told me that I should become a pastor. I loved to think about God, I loved to talk about God, I loved to sing about God and I had a lot of compassion for people, but I felt like I needed more than other people’s encouragement—I needed a call from God Himself. I wanted to become a pastor and help people, but I wasn’t sure I would be good at pastoral duties such as hospital visits and youth ministry. My campus pastor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Larry Meyer, even told me I should become a pastor, but I felt like the only call I had was to be a professional musician.
A few years later, I was getting my Masters degree in Double Bass Performance in Cincinnati, OH and struggling with the fact that I wasn’t able to really make an impact on the lives of other people since I just spent most of my days practicing in a room all by myself. At a Chinese restaurant one Sunday afternoon after church, my wife, Kristy, brought up the idea again that I could become a pastor. Once again, I prayed about it, but this time something was different—I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was calling me into the ministry. I was surprised, but I figured there was no point in resisting. Once I had made the decision, I had this vision of Jesus laughing and I knew that I had made a choice that was pleasing to God.
What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
As of right now, my favorite Bible passage is from Psalm 37:4-5,
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.”
I seek to follow God in everything I do because, as this verse reminds me, doing it His way will always be what’s best for me even when the road seems long and difficult. These verses remind me that God loves me and wants me to be happy. Finally, Psalm 37 keeps me grounded in my faith by making it clear that God is in control and all He asks is that I trust him with my whole heart rather than leaning on my own strength or understanding.
How do you see your role as a pastor?
I want to be a pastor who is faithful to his wife, his children and to his church. I want to be a pastor at the same church for 30 or more years and to have people praise God for the ministry He did through me.
I desire to be a great servant for the people in my church. I want to find out how I can best help people who attend here live out their faith. I don’t want carbon copies of myself. I don’t want people to help me do my work—I want to support them in doing God’s work through praying for them, equipping them, counseling them and guiding them through God’s Word.
How do you define a successful church?
I define a successful church as being full of people who are coming in for a purpose—coming in to be sent out to make a difference in the world. Not just butts in a pew, but people who are coming for a reason and feel a sense of excitement and response-ability when they leave.
I define a successful church by how much we give away in benevolences and through mission work, not by how much we give in tithes and offerings to meet the budget.
Finally, I define a successful church as being full of people who trust God above anything else, who are faithful in prayer, humble in heart, forgiving in spirit and who are team players working for God’s glory about their own.