Senior Pastorate Search Begins

Aug 27, 2014 by

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I am beginning my search for a senior pastorate. Tomorrow, August 28, will begin what I hope to be my final year of seminary at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (DBTS). This has been a long, excruciating, yet profitable two years, and I anticipate this third year to be no less so. While I don’t want to count the proverbial chickens before they hatch, I must plan for the future after graduation. And that is why I am writing today. I want to make you aware of my plans as I approach seminary graduation and grant you permission to pass along my name to any church where you believe I would be a good fit. My prayer is to transition to a full-time, senior pastorate in the summer of 2015.

Fruit of Seminary and Local Church Ministry

For those who are not familiar with the rigors of seminary education, please allow me to explain. A Master of Divinity degree is generally comprised of ninety-six hours of graduate-level, academic work. Each class includes several hundred pages of reading, quizzes, exams, and projects or papers. The course content ranges from theological to practical, exegetical to homiletical, English to the biblical languages. Here is an explanation of the academics at my seminary: link.

Every seminary I know of encourages their students to serve in the local church during academic pursuits of a Master of Divinity. DBTS is no different. I am a part-time assistant pastor at a local church in the Downriver area. My pastor, Larry Rogier, is a DBTS graduate who has been here since 1999. I have learned much from him in just two years and am grateful for the opportunity God has given me to minister along side him. My ministry has included assisting in the worship services, leading a small-group fellowship, teaching the teen group, and engaging in community outreach. I have had several opportunities to disciple, counsel, and encourage believers here and have had several opportunities to preach in the regular services. It has been, what I would consider, fruitful ministry.

After Seminary I am Seeking a Senior Pastorate

Since early in my pursuit of a graduate degree in South Carolina, I have had a desire for the teaching ministry of the local church. That desire grew through ministry in Wisconsin as an associate pastor and eventually bloomed into a full-fledged passion for the senior pastorate. By May 2015, Lord willing, I will graduate from seminary and be ready for a transition into the senior pastorate.

A few years ago I heard that it takes men anywhere from nine to twelve months to find a new pastorate. From my limited experience of searching for a ministry position, I have little doubt that this is still the case. Therefore, I am publishing my resume for your reference. I believe networking is essential in finding a good fit for ministry. There are churches out there looking for a senior pastor and don’t know me, but they know you. They trust you. And so I need your help. Please keep my information in mind as you come across churches you know that are seeking a senior pastor, and you are welcome to distribute these as you desire. If you have any questions for me, I’d be happy to speak with you. Please connect with me on Facebook and I’ll give you my phone number.

Here are a few pertinent links:

 

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Response: When My Children Act Out in Public

Apr 26, 2013 by

 

Editor’s note: I (Matt) recently read an article on The Gospel Coalition website entitled, When My Children Act Out in Public. Not having time to think deep and respond, but wanting to, I forwarded the post to my wife and asked her to respond. Below is her response.

Great Insight

I see great insight in this article. Reacting out of embarrassment shows what’s in our hearts. But let’s take a step back. The article seems to assume that there’s nothing parents can do to avoid children acting out in public. Should we not be training our children at home so they don’t act out in public? As a general rule (please note the qualifier), if a child knows how to obey at home, learns proper manners and social mores at home, crazy, “embarrassing” behavior will not occur.

When My Children Act Out

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The other week I was shopping with my three children (2 – 5 years) in a crowded super market. I decided to let my son (2 and so full of energy) walk next to the cart instead of being strapped into the bench seat like he was a driver in NASCAR. He did well, usually staying next to me or just in front of the cart. Suddenly, he took off running to the end of the aisle. I called him and he just looked at me and smiled. I sent my 5 year old to take his hand and bring him back. Bad idea. Now he thought it was a game and took off running down the next aisle over. Did I mention it was crowded in the store?

Embarrassed? Yes. Reacted poorly? Actually, no! I calmly picked him up, (once I caught him) buckled him in the seat, administered consequences (stern “You do not run away from Mommy” and no free cookie at the bakery), and went off to finish my shopping in peace.

Children Act Out – Should Not Be!

You see, I recognize his behavior, while of his own sinful will, was really my fault. I haven’t been training him. In that instant I realized that I hadn’t done my job as a mom in teaching my son to come as soon as he is called. Had I done that he would have come the first time and I wouldn’t have needed to send my daughter after him (entirely bad idea).

To me its sad when people think it’s “normal” when children act out in public. I don’t. Not much can ruin a fun evening more quickly than seeing someone’s child throw themselves into a world-class fit over not getting their way. Then when I see the parents give in just to make the kid stop I want to say, “Hey, you realize you’re teaching him to misbehave to get his way, right?” Children act out in public because parents teach them it’s okay.

Manners

Manners are a different matter. If your child can’t handle the manners and social mores of an establishment, don’t take them until they learn. If they can’t whisper, no movie theater. If they can’t chew with their mouth closed, no fancy restaurants. If they can’t sit still for more than 3 or 4 minutes at a time don’t go to story time (some kids like to listen to the story). Perhaps that will cramp your style as an adult for a while. That’s part of parenting. Don’t set your kid up to fail. It’s good motivation for you to help them learn manners quickly.

Conclusion

I appreciated the insight of the post and the challenge to watch my motivations. When my children act out in public (and they are sinners, so I know they could and sometimes will) my reactions (inside and out) must be God-honoring. However, I believe we need to work towards that embarrassing behavior never taking place to begin with. That way we are training kids to be respectful of others and obedient to elders.

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Book Giveaway at DBTS Blog

Feb 24, 2013 by

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My seminary is running a giveaway through their blog. Check it out. You can enter too.

 

 

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Counsel for the Introvert Evangelist

Feb 21, 2013 by

human-ostrichMost Christians know that the Great Commission (Matt 28:18–20) applies to them. They understand that God has tasked them individually with spreading the gospel to those who don’t know Christ. But for many, there is shame in acknowledging an inability to confront complete strangers with the truth about Christ. These people are often called introverts. Their personalities are naturally shy and reserved. The opposite of an introvert is an extrovert. Extroverts are outgoing and boisterous.

I recently came across a blog post with some counsel and suggestions for those who feel uncomfortable talking to complete strangers (i.e., the introvert). His post is aimed at extroverts, but I think what he says can be adapted for the rest of us (I’m probably somewhere in between). I adapt some of his points below.

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