Though I have never been the “permanent” pastor of a local church, I have been a youth minister and done interim pastor work. Three of the churches I’ve served were rural congregations of less than 100 active members. I wouldn’t trade my experiences with those small-church saints for anything in the world. Perhaps because of my own experiences, I think Tim Keller’s advice to seminarians–consider becoming a country parson–is good advice for many would-be pastors. This is especially true in a denomination like the SBC that is filled with rural churches, many of which are in need of sound pastors (and sometimes other staff leadership). I am all for urban church planting and church revitalization (my current church, FBC Durham, meets in the inner city). But we mustn’t neglect the thousands of rural churches across our Southern Baptist landscape. They are in many ways the heart and soul of the SBC. I hope God will raise up many, many godly and gifted pastors for these churches, even as he raises up church planters to go to the great urban centers of our nation.
Follow Udo Middelmann, President of the Francis A. Schaffer Society, recently gave a lecture for a luncheon at Southeastern on the educational mandates for the church. Print PDF
Follow Recently, Dr. John Ewart and Dennis Darville sat down to discuss and give tips on how to properly conduct a pastor search committee. Also, be sure to check out the accompanying note packet. Print PDF
Follow Recently at Southeastern, Jim Shaddix, Tony Merida, and David Platt held a discussion about what missions mobilization looks like. Print PDF
Follow Recently, John Ewart and Dennis Darville sat down to discuss, and give tips on how to properly conduct a pastor search committee. Print PDF