Davis searching for his 'new season' PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JENISE FOUTS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 11 December 2009 12:53
Retired pastor of Dayspring assembly church, Steve Davis. (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
After serving Dayspring Assembly of God for 14 years, Pastor Steve Davis is ready to see what the Lord has in store for him to do next.
Davis, who served more than 10 years as its children's pastor, stepped down from the staff in November.
"I felt my season as being a children's pastor was done five years ago. Not because I lost my passion, (but) because I no longer had the energy to keep up with my vision of what I thought it should be. The vision was bigger than I could fill. Today, I have just as much passion for children's ministry and a commitment to its importance in the church as I've ever had."
He described as "an absolute joy" his thrill of ministering as a children's pastor and "seeing changed lives on a constant basis. Children are like sponges, and they will soak up the love and truth that you give. ... You have an impressionable life within your hands that is open to being molded and shaped by the example you set, what you do and say. In ministry for me, there's no greater joy than being a children's pastor, but there's also no greater responsibility."
Davis likes their childlike, trusting faith and their ability to believe God fully, such as healing someone for whom they prayed.
"So many people talk about children being the church of tomorrow. They are not. They are the church of today. Children can speak into the hearts and lives of adults who would otherwise be resistant to talking with other adults, i.e. relatives or coworkers."
After resigning in 2005 from children's ministry, Davis stayed on the staff as the discipleship and outreach pastor, overseeing various Christian education classes and ministries for adults, leading pastoral care and counseling, producing the church's dramas and helping to coordinate the local outreach ministries.
However, "with the many changes at Dayspring, and the new directions of various ministries, (lead pastor) Scott (Estep) is assembling a new team whose skill sets and abilities best fit that new vision. And it's a new season for me. For the most part I'm stepping aside for a new team to form and seeking God for what he has next in my new season.
"It was very hard. It was not at my initiative nor my timing. But the Lord has confirmed that this is the time. You grow comfortable with something that is too familiar, and many of us don't like to leave our comfort zone. When you're in your comfort zone, you're resting upon your own abilities and what you know, rather than trusting in God. God is just stirring the waters so I'm forced to trust him."
That trust matches his life's verse from Proverbs 3:5,6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path."
"My job is to listen, trust and obey. His job is to guide and provide. My personality is 'make something happen,' calling people, checking the Internet, making connections. If I do his job with my understanding I'm going to mess it up.  ... There's one job he has in mind for me, and I'm the only applicant."
Though called into the ministry while he was a freshman in college in 1978, Davis first served as vice president of his family's florist and greenhouse business.
He gained administrative skills running the wholesale side of the company with over 20 employees and more than $2 million in sales. At the same time he became active in the Westerville Assemblies church he was attending with his wife, Mary, and their two sons, Ryan and Matt.
Davis left the family business in 1990 at age 31 to attend Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He earned a Master of Theology degree in Biblical Studies in 1993, and served two years in Evangel Assembly in Wooster, Ohio as an associate pastor.
In 1995 he was hired by Dayspring as its Christian education and children's pastor, becoming exclusively the children's pastor in 1997.

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