I have waited over five years to publish this book. It’s been inside me for decades, but I have been sensing the timing to release this book is now. It’s truly a day we are living in great challenges, but even more so, it’s a day of great opportunities. We need to seize the opportunities before us to honor Jesus.
In my early years of ministry, over forty-five years ago, I sought wisdom from seasoned men and women of God who had been in ministry for many years. The messages on finishing well shared by them greatly impacted my life. There were principles, systems, disciplines, and structures these senior folks in ministry had learned that they willingly shared with a new church called Windsor Christian Fellowship and its founding pastor, Rick Ciaramitaro.
Now, after forty-six years of ministry, I am sharing my stories and the principles and lessons of life that had helped me build an influential church. Even more so, they showed me the path of life in the spirit the Holy Spirit was preparing for my life and future. I purposed to seek out older leaders every chance I had and to glean from their wisdom, instruction, counsel, example, and lifestyle. I recognized the value of these experienced leaders was something you couldn’t put a price tag on. It was only through association with them. Watching and listening, observing the things they stood for, the values they embraced, the lifestyles they lived, the battles they would fight as well as the ones they didn’t go into have become a major part of my life and ministry to this day.
May you catch the revelation knowledge and passion of this message as you read through each chapter and apply the principles by God’s grace. May you enter into a life of purpose, fulfillment, adventure, and great passion for God. – Dr. Rick Ciaramitaro