Galatians 4:4 tells us that “when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman” (NIV). For hundreds and even thousands of years, people had waited for the Messiah. God did not send His Son until the time was right.
God always does everything at just the right time, doesn’t He?
And right now, it seems, is the right time for God to lead our association into a bold new church planting effort.
He has given us the Church Planting Pipeline, which challenges us to prepare men called by God, equip churches led by God, and discover people loved by God.
He has led us to establish a year-long course called Pastor Essentials through which we will be training men.
He has given us a list of three dozen men “nominated” by people in our association as candidates for that class.
He has given us a group of pastors and others who have committed to serve on the faculty of the Pastor Essentials class.
It looks to me like the Lord is bringing everything together to accomplish His purposes here in this association.
Pastor Essentials will cover a broad range of topics including the call to ministry, making disciples, personal character, hermeneutics (how to interpret the Bible), homiletics (how to write sermons and preach), survey of the entire Bible, major Bible doctrines, apologetics, and various practical maters such as how to perform weddings and funerals, keep records, and handle church finances.
Teachers include Scott Tidwell of Wild Country; Ken Davis of Calvary Dayton; Tim Gruver of Heights; Mike Chadwick of First Dayton; Byron Sanford of Grayburg; Gary Hillyard, Kyle Dobbs and Lee Weaver all of First Anahuac; and Steve Bean and myself of First Liberty.
Other pastors and leaders will be included in the faculty. Both state conventions have told me they will gladly send someone to cover specific topics.
Same secretary, new name
In case you haven’t heard, our administrative assistant whom you have known for years as Theresa Mitschke got married on Nov. 22. We have enjoyed getting to know her new husband Chuck Adair. The best news is that the marriage did not change her work situation. She’s still on the job, but now she answers to her new name, Theresa Adair.
On a personal note, we were all saddened by the passing of Kevin Ladd, TRBA historian and husband of our women’s missions and ministry director, Christi Ladd. He was quite a man and will be greatly missed.
A final word
January 27 will mark my one-year anniversary of serving as your director of missions. Thank you for your love, support and encouragement. May the Lord bless you greatly. May He use us all for His glory.
Happy to be here,