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  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Matthew Trill, New Testament Baptist Church, Largo, FL

    “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

    We might expect a statement like that to come from renowned coach, John Wooden. He created a dynasty at UCLA that transcended college basketball. His teams compiled four perfect 30-0 seasons and won ten national championships (including seven in a row). He completed a 29-year college coaching career with an incredible .804 winning percentage (664-162).

    When you can do all of that, it makes it easier not to focus on personal deficiency or weakness.

    One of the difficulties of pastoral ministry is the tendency for comparison, and a sense of insufficiency that often follows. Technology and communication allows us to see and hear firsthand the ministries of many others around the world. We observe the gifts of others and the scope of their ministries and compare them to our own. If we are not careful and wise, we will begin to allow what we cannot do (or think we cannot) to interfere with what we can do. More importantly, it may interfere with what God has called us to do.

    As pastors, we need to be reminded that our glory is not found in personal wisdom, abilities, or resources. Anything we have to offer is found in our relationship with the Lord who exercises “lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

    The resurrected Savior dramatically called Peter to a lifetime of sacrifice, service, and even death for the cause of Christ. The disciple quickly looked over his shoulder at John and asked what his responsibilities would be. Jesus quickly called Peter back into proper focus, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” (John 21:22)

    God has uniquely gifted and called each of His servants. If we have genuinely responded to His call and followed His leading, we can rejoice that He has precisely placed and uniquely equipped us to do His will.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Trent Dibell, Canton Baptist Temple

     Trent Dibell's family joined Canton Baptist Temple in 2001, and in 2005 he was a counselor at Camp CHOF. The ministry of Camp CHOF and the working of the Lord was the catalyst that placed Trent where he is today. He was baptized at CBT, and then in 2013 surrendered for full-time ministry. With a background in education and working with youth, Trent is passionate about people and reaching them with the Gospel of Christ. Trent is also the Middle School Director where he is faithfully assisted by his wife, Tristyn, and a team of Middle School Adult Leaders. Trent and Tristyn have two children, Josephine and Zane.

    In this blog post, Trent discusses James 1:1-4.

    James 1:1-4: "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

    My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

    Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

    But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

    We all have that teen in our department with that unanswerable situation.  It usually happens on a Sunday morning and you are trying to scramble for the right words with the limited time you have for a Sunday morning.  I know that I have been there plenty of times and so have all of you reading this. 

    James 1:1-4 has truly been a foundation within the ministry God has allowed me to serve.  This is a piece of Scripture I reference, use daily, and a piece of Scripture that I encourage all to apply to their lives.

    The first part of using James 1:1-4 is understanding the very foundations of the Gospel of Christ.  The foundations of the gospel is knowing that the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is not only our Salvation, but our daily walk with Christ.  It is more than a date on the calendar; it needs to be our every step.  Our hearts and daily walk should be what we want to see in the lives of our students.  That daily walk needs to be die to self, embrace the tomb, and wait for the resurrection, because it is coming.  

    The student on both ends of the spectrum have been wowed by Scripture whenever I share with them James 1:1-4.  Whenever they hear the words, “count it all joy,” they stop and think about what they are hearing.  “Did I hear him right?”  “Is he losing his mind?”

    The advice that comes from us will fail majority of the time.  A technique, a strategy,  a way to go about a certain situation will fail eventually.  Teaching a student to know and apply James 1:1-4 will never fail or go out of style.  It will only shape that student to be more like Jesus Christ.  That is the resurrection!  That is the Gospel!

    The advice that comes from us will fail majority of the time.  A technique, a strategy,  a way to go about a certain situation will fail eventually.  Teaching a student to know and apply James 1:1-4 will never fail or go out of style.  It will only shape that student to be more like Jesus Christ.  That is the resurrection!  That is the Gospel!

  • Thursday, November 02, 2017 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mentoring: It’s About Time  

    Dennis Jennings,  BCMN Vice President; Cherry Street Baptist Church, Springfield, MO

    I entered the ministry as a 20 year old bus kid that could lead music with tons of passion and little else. Thankfully I had a pastor that was patient when I needed it, stern when I needed it, and wise enough to hold me accountable along the way.

    More than a decade later, while I had gained experience, I still lacked in so many areas when I was called to that first pastorate. Once again the patience of others was needed, but I needed more. I was now the leader. I was excited, still full of passion, ideas and energy. But there were areas of ministry that were completely outside my experience. I was a "blank slate."

    Thankfully I had developed a number of relationships with some men who were willing to give me a bit of their time. Every time I needed help in one of those “blank slate” areas, I found 

     that the Lord had already put into my life a pastor friend from whose experience I could draw, who had a heart like Paul: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2).

    I received help in those early years with our church missions program; Sunday School organization; discipleship program; budgeting; church finances; getting a loan; building a building; hiring staff; time management; counselling; and the list goes on and on. In every one of these areas, it wasn’t an internet article or a book; it was the personal input from someone who had walked the road ahead of me and was willing to give me the time to show me the way that made the difference in my ministry.

    The Baptist Church Ministry Network provides today’s pastors and ministry leaders a place to find someone with experience and the willingness to give time to help. A recent article on pastoral mentoring stated, “[O]ne of the advantages to being in a denomination or network of churches is the accessibility of mentoring relationships…..[P]astors who go it alone are missing out on one of the great benefits of pastoral community.”

    The need for these mentoring relationships is as great as ever. The good news is that we are already hearing of Network members taking advantage of this resource. One young pastor just shared with me the blessing of having someone willing to take his call for a quick question. In essence he said, “I feel like there is someone who cares about where I am, where I am going and how I’m going to get there.”

    We all know Biblical, Balanced, Baptist people in ministry who are doing all they know to do with passion and energy. Some have a world of experience and godly wisdom, and would be a valuable resource for others in the network. They need to be made aware that just a little time on a phone call could expand their own personal ministry beyond their church. We all know pastors and ministry leaders who would be greatly helped by someone will to “coach” them through a problem or project.

    Join me in reaching out to these fellow laborers and let them know that the BCMN is a place for them to belong and to make a difference. Send them to baptistcmn.org and let them check it out for themselves. We will all be stronger for it!

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