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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2001 10:00 pm

Clements Community Church

Address: 18544 E. Walnut St., Clements

Web site:www.clementschurch.org

Congregation size: 40

Years at current location: Year and a half

Service times: Sunday services at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday night Bible study at 6 p.m., Tuesday Morning women's Bible study 10 a.m.

Special features of church: Currently running a food distribution program to the local area for those in need. Please call the church for more information.

Do you have any regular youth services or activities?

None at this time, but would like to start a good solid youth program.

Because yours is the only church in Clements, what does it mean to the Clements community?

It means that it is a place where EVERYONE can come and worship. It is a place where the local communities can come and worship with their neighbors and people from the surrounding areas alike.

Are you affiliated with a national church/religious organization?

We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Leading the way: Michael Sanderson

Where did you grow up?

Rogue River, Ore.

Family

Currently engaged. Family lives in Oregon.

Education

Just finished theology degree in May from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

How long have you been a pastor in Clements?

Two years.

Michael Sanderson
Michael Sanderson

Previous positions

Prison ministry, youth minister, associate pastor.

Honors, organizations

American Association of Christian Counselors.

Do you have other pastors at the church? What do they do?

No other pastors.

What are the most significant things that have happened while you have been a pastor?

Just watching how God continues to grow me. As a new pastor, you are bound to make mistakes, but it never ceases to amaze me how God puts people in my life who support and love me. It makes you realize how sure you are about what your calling really is.

What is it that prompted you to become a pastor?

Getting to work with people. The greatest joy in my life is just being able to sit down and talk to people about Jesus. Watching the difference that He makes in their life is just a reward that can not be matched here on this Earth.

What is your approach to being a good pastor?

Constantly learning. You have to be willing to learn from your experiences. There are a thousand different books out there today that will try to tell you how to "do church," but the real authority is God. Be open to listening to what he says about it, and then carrying through with that calling.

What do you think makes a good pastor good?

Humility. It's important that you realize that you are merely the one who God has called to watch over His people. That is an awesome responsibility. As pastors, we need to make sure that we do not try to become Christ, but become Christ-like.

What is one of your most prized possessions?

Salvation. Knowing that despite my shortcomings, God will always be there to love me. I have no idea how I could make it without Him.

What is one of the most difficult decisions you have had to make?

Going to seminary. It was difficult to give up most of my belongings and just move like that. I have no regrets. I can see clearly now the path that God has set before me. It is incredible to see that your faithfulness is truly rewarded.

What would like to do personally or professionally within the next 10 years?

I would like to see the church become a place where people can feel comfortable again. I would like to see people put aside their dogmatic differences and see the true beauty of Christ as one family. Call me a dreamer if you will, but I believe that we will see it one day. In Heaven.

Do you provide any counseling or classes or do any work with the community?

While we have no formal groups at this moment, it is my intention of starting various group sessions in the future. Private counseling and referrals are available on a case-by-case basis.

Anything you would like to add?

Clements Community Church is a place that strives to make everyone feel welcome. We just want to see people come to know the Lord and to experience firsthand what it is like to really know the difference that Jesus Christ can make in your life.

Come as you are and just allow yourself to be touched by God, not judged by people. If there is anything that we can do to help anyone, please let us know.


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