Navigating Life and Ministry with Jim Hamacher
Life: I’m a proud grandfather of nine grandsons and one granddaughter, three sons, and one very special wife, Nancy, for more than 45 years.
Ministry: I am also the Executive Director of Middle District Baptist Association (a network of churches in the greater Richmond, VA area. In that role I am a: pastor-to-pastors, a mission entrepreneur, and a church consultant. The following prayer has meant much to me throughout my ministry:
On Thy people pour Thy power.
From the fears that long have bound us,
Free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the facing of this hour.
For the facing of these days.
–Adapted from “God of Grace and God of Glory” by Fosdick
Dr. Fosdick wrote this hymn three-quarters of a century ago for his church’s dedication and in the midst of a changing American religious landscape. His prayer has been on my lips throughout my ministry because it speaks to my weaknesses and need for His power, wisdom, and courage for navigating the challenges and changes.