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

Services help Weber reaffirm ministry calling

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

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


“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


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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