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 Drs. John Ewart, Larry Purcell, and Randy Mann sat down recently to talk about their experiences on how to deal with conflict within the context of ministry and the local church. Print PDF
Follow Recently, Drs. John Ewart, David Horner, and Jamie Dew sat down to talk about their experiences on how to balance time between work and family being a pastor. Print PDF
Follow In this video, Drs. John Ewart, Danny Akin, and Andreas Köstenberger offer some books and other various resources to help you grow in your knowledge on how to minister to people who have been married, divorced, or remarried. Print PDF
Follow In this video, Drs. John Ewart, Danny Akin, and Steve McKinion sit down to discuss some of their experiences with ministering to people who have been divorced, married, or remarried. Print PDF