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.
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