By Gwendolyn Lewis / Steve & Donna Goodwin
Steve and Donna Goodwin have attended Pathway Church together since their marriage, 23 years ago. During the week, they are a husband wife sales team with Steve piloting their Bonanza small plane all over the southeast states. Steve and Donna have been in a Home Team for 20 years and serve at the Lord’s Diner bi-monthly. He was also an Usher Coordinator on Saturday nights. Steve said he spent most of his life making excuses for why he could not give more time to God’s work. He was willing to increase his tithe but not his time.
Pastor Jim Shimer invited Steve to join a “Leadership Essentials,” study huddle in 2011 along with Usher Coordinator Charles Argo.During this time God began to transform Steve’s heart and mind. He began to love the Lord like never before and out of this grew a love for others; his outlook on life changed. Donna said he began to treat her better and his overall attitude and priorities changed.
Steve’s heart for Guest Ministry grew. He approached Jim Shimer with ideas and was invited to step up and be the Volunteer Guest Ministry Director. Their travel schedule was no longer a valid excuse. Donna brought her administrative strengths and joined him. Together they quickly realized God had called them to a weekly mission field of 2,000 or more adult attendees. Most Fridays the Goodwin’s arrive home exhausted. After serving alongside many Guest Ministry friends on Saturday night and Sunday morning they leave refreshed and blessed. Steve and Donna now sacrifice lazy Sunday mornings enjoying coffee and the newspaper for volunteering and have no regrets!
The Goodwins have made a huge contribution in the restructuring of Guest Ministry and defining each role and what is required. Job descriptions, training, ongoing communication, appreciation, and recognition go a long way in building a healthy ministry team. Events like the Guest Ministry Chili Cook-Off are times to sharpen our skills and celebrate together. They demonstrate how fun serving with God’s people can be and that it is attractive to everyone.
Steve and Donna say, “Stop making excuses and start asking the Lord where He wants to use you in His church.” Both are excited about the vision of Pathway Church and honored to be part of the mission every weekend.