It’s been 30 years! In the summer of 1986, I gave my first sermon. I can’t believe it’s been thirty years! Of course I was only 5 at the time (don’t I wish). As a 17 year-old, I stood before the small congregation of people and friends in southern West Virginia and I bumbled and blubbered through a sermon on Abraham’s faith as evidenced by his willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac. I bet my parents wanted to sacrifice me after that sermon! It was then that I first realized how dishonest people are to preachers as they leave church when they say, “Great sermon!” Mine was awful. What seemed like an eternity lasted about 10 minutes. I’m sure that many people today wish that I would go back to 10 minute preaches! As I was thought about the 30-year anniversary of the kick off of my ministry calling, I reflected on the many changes in church leadership and church ministry. Many of those changes are having a significant impact in how we lead and on our approaches to ministry today. Here are three of those changes. Read more!
An Interview by Dr. William Hoyt
Not long ago, I was privileged to interact with a pastor who represents a large segment of pastors. He is “midstream” in his ministry. He is neither young nor old. In his early 50’s he has been in pastoral ministry for 26 years, serving in four churches in three Districts of the Baptist General Conference.
In his own words he has been at ministry long enough to have gone from “wet behind the ears” to “grizzled veteran,” from “the new tide” to “flotsam” in the ocean of pastoral ministry, from “wunderkind” to “wondering about wandering.” Read more!