Sunday, April 6 2014, 10:16 PM MDT
Web Exclusive: Calvary Baptist Church
SHAUNA LAKE: Do you know the people in your congregation personally? Are they people you've known for a number of years and know their struggles and strengths and victories?
REV. DAVIS: I know all of them. I know them by name. I know where they live. I know their circumstances. I know what their issues are, and I help them deal with those issues daily. I know who is stressed. I can tell you who is working and who is not working. I can tell you who lives in a decent place and who does not. So I know them all, and I know what they deal with and that's the role of a pastor of a church is to know the people and then love them regardless of what their situations are.
SHAUNA LAKE: Does that weigh on you to have all of those people's lives kind of in your hands?
REV. DAVIS: Yes that's probably the most difficult part of my task is accounting for and being responsible for the lives not just of my own life and my own family, but the lives of a whole community of people that live here in Salt Lake City. But I try to handle it by dealing with an issue and finishing it before I move onto the next issue, and so I don't get stressed out about it.
SHAUNA LAKE: What is it like to run a church in Utah where it's predominately LDS and has there been a relationship of working together between the two religions?
REV. DAVIS: Well first thing about running a church is that it has to operate business wise as well as spiritually. We have to take care of the business of keeping the doors open, keeping the bills paid and handling those kinds of things. The second thing is you also have to deal with people and people come in all aspects. Every alternative is there in terms of how people are, and to make that more difficult is to be a minority within the religious community in terms of being in a community that has a majority religious belief. So it demands then that one make, build relationships across lines, and so the ecumenical movement is alive and well.
SHAUNA LAKE: Have you found some common ground?
REV. DAVIS: We've found common ground; housing issues for example all common need. Dealing with the hungry and the homeless is a common need and so we deal with the other groups that we disagree with in terms of theology and their belief structures, but we are able to work together on those common areas.
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