From the Desk of: Executive Pastor Chad Blake

I am incredibly honored to serve as the Executive Pastor of Shepherd’s Grove and to be a part of an international ministry through Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller. As the Executive Pastor, I have the privilege of serving the local church by overseeing all of the pastors, ministries, and activities of the church. There is a lot that goes on in a church our size, so I am so thankful for my great team – I couldn’t do it without them.  I truly work with the best people.

My journey to Shepherd’s Grove began about six years ago, when I first met Bobby at The Gathering, his church plant at the time. We quickly became friends. Throughout the years, God has taken us on quite the journey as The Gathering became Tree of Life, and eventually, Tree of Life merged with Shepherd’s Grove. Throughout this process, I’ve been overwhelmed by the reach that Hour of Power has all over the world. It has been such a joy to visit our international offices and meet viewers and supporters. I am constantly amazed to see how Shepherd’s Grove ministers to people around the world through the technology that we have available today. It’s such a joy to help lead a church that spreads the saving message of the Gospel and love of God the Father across the world.

As a pastor, there is no such thing as a “normal day.” Most mornings, I spend my drive into work praying through my upcoming day. It is not unusual, however, for my day to take a departure in another direction upon walking into my office. Though many days are filled with various meetings to strategize ongoing efforts at the local church — like planning our next big event or outreach — there are also days when meetings are set aside for a phone call from someone who is in the hospital or undergoing some deep pain. Working in ministry gives me a chance to enter people’s lives at some of their highest highs (weddings, celebrations, births of children and grandchildren), but also at their lowest lows. Having the opportunity to sit with someone and allow them to share their raw feelings and struggles is the real work of ministry. This is what pastoral ministry is all about  relationships. When you build relationships with people, you’re given the ability and right to speak into someone’s life.

People ask me all the time if I like my job. The answer is … I love it! I feel that I am doing exactly what I was made to do and despite the challenges and tough times that lie ahead, there is a great sense of purpose in everything I do. My wife, Hillary, and I feel that God has put us here at Shepherd’s Grove for a reason, and we love our church and the work the Lord has called us to.