We Need Pastors:
Pastoral Training Class.
Our mission of planting and building healthy local churches requires an ongoing supply of leaders and that is why we are excited about four men entering into our Pastoral Training Course:
- Bill Fisher
- Luke Friedly
- Roosevelt Joshua
- Steven Partnoff
This is a one year plan that is designed to accomplish two things: to help a man who “aspires to the office of overseer” (1 Tim. 3:1) discern his calling and to help prepare him for that role.
This Sunday afternoon begins our first of twenty-one meetings where these men will be reading a variety of materials and writing papers on various aspects of theological issues and practical pastoral ministry. We meet together to discuss, encourage, pray, instruct, and challenge one another.
The assignments are laid out as “The Pastor and. . .his calling, his role, his character, his household, his prayer life, his worship, and his theology (8 lessons), his preaching (4 lessons), and his counseling (2 lessons).
As pastors, Lynn and I are committing that when they complete this course, we will give them our assessment of their calling and where we see them in the process, along with some recommendation as their next step. Completing this course could lead a man into an ordination process or possibly to attend the Sovereign Grace Pastors College or some continued training and ministry experience in the church.
Please pray for these men and for God to be at work in their hearts, giving us all discernment and grace as we seek to raise up more pastors. . .”for the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.”