Services help Weber reaffirm ministry calling
    November 30 2010 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

    When cataclysmic developments forced Antioch Baptist Church to give Fred Weber 30 days notice to clear the parsonage, he had nowhere to go.

    Weber, minister of music at the church for three years, “went into full prayer mode,” he said, asking God, “What do you have for me now?”

    Wisely, he contacted his network of friends and colleagues but he also availed himself of the services of the church health team at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

    Weber is more connected than most, being an active participant and leader in State Convention activities for people in his field. He is chairman of the instrumental team for North Carolina Baptist musicians and has participated in Baptist Singers since 1998. He found serious help in the services offered through the Convention.

    “They were a real godsend to me, and not just financially,” Weber said. Besides emergency assistance, the Convention lined Weber up to participate in a healing conference and a personal ministry consultation, which reaffirmed his giftedness and calling.

    “It verified everything God has placed me into the ministry for,” said Weber, who early in life had “never dreamed” of being in ministry, but was called into it almost like the rush of a mighty wind while he was in the Army in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    “God hit me with a lightening bolt, and I suddenly had a burning desire to do it,” he said.

    Weber is currently minister of music at Unity Baptist Church in Gastonia where he started fulltime Aug. 22.

    The intensive self-evaluation that was a part of the Convention’s services “absolutely no doubt confirmed what God has made me to be,” Weber said. “It reminded me of that and helped me to see my situation in light of what other people are going through.”

    “I am grateful that the Convention has that without doubt,” he said. “It is an asset to anyone who is in that situation and there are a lot of ministers in that situation right now.”

    Weber is a native of Enid, Okla. He and Denise have been married 29 years and have three adult children, including a daughter who was married the day before Weber’s church informed him they were letting him go.

    He sensed something dramatic and negative was likely to happen because he could see the signs. But he hoped the church would let him stay in the parsonage while he looked for new work.

    Fortunately a church member who had a rental house just become vacant told Weber he could stay there, and pay him rent when he could afford it.

    The house was in Lincolnton, close to Gastonia, which is another reason Weber feels called to Unity because “everything fell into place for that to happen.”

    Things happened fairly fast for Weber after his ministry at Antioch ended. Still, the sudden impact of losing your place of service and ministry hit him hard as it does anyone.

    The Baptist State Convention church health team is set up to broker services and undergird ministers in that situation, keeping their heads above water so they can see God’s hand at work in the toughest of circumstances.

    Now instead of looking back with lament, Weber is busier than ever working and ministering in Gastonia, and already planning a special event for instrumentalists at Tri-Cities Baptist Church in April. 

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