Stay Faithful

After the San Francisco 49ers nearly won Super Bowl XLVII, after a bizarre power outage that was reminisence of Candlestick Park on a Monday Night Football game, I posted this picture on my social media network. There’s no doubt that I am a San Fransisco bay area fan, rooting for teams like the 49ers, San Francisco Giants, and the San Jose Sharks.

But this image has much more to do with my ministry in the church than it does with sports.

Certainly, I have confidence that my 49ers will return to the Super Bowl in the near future. They are young. They are talented. They’ll be back.

But more than that. sticking with ministry can be tough. Ministry is messy. Ministry is difficult.

But, ministry is also rewarding. Ministry is exciting. Ministry is where I see lives change.

Ministry is awesome!

We all go through tough times in our ministry. There are times that I want to quit. There are times that I wonder if I am making a difference. There are times when I dream of another career, another way to serve. There are times when I wish I made more money. There are times when it is tough to believe.

I’ve been there. I know you have too.

Stay Faithful. Stick with it. The kingdom of God is worth every effort you put into it.

When you are down on yourself, think of these two words: Stay Faithful.

When you doubt, Stay Faithful.

When you fail, Stay Faithful.

When you want to quit, Stay Faithful.

When a volunteer leaves your ministry, Stay Faithful.

When a youth just doesn’t get this “faith thing,” Stay Faithful.

When your leaders fail you, Stay Faithful.

Stay Faithful.

You see, it’s not about all that stuff. It’s about God. It’s about Jesus Christ. It’s about the impact that faith in Christ has on our lives.

So, despite every effort, despite every frustration, despite every let down, Stay Faithful.

Question: What helps you Stay Faithful?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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