A Pastor Again!

Today, I was voted in as a pastor at Sleater Kinney Road Baptist Church ("SKRBC") in Olympia, WA. This is a GARBC church, affiliated with the Baptist Network Northwest. The church is now a dual-elder church. I remain bi-vocational , stay at my job and keep my salary and associated benefits, and the other pastor is a retired missionary who already has a steady retirement income. I am quite excited to embark on this adventure with my fellow pastor. My family has been attending there for two years, and I've been preaching and teaching there regularly during that time. The position is but the shortest step forward from what I was already doing. For a while now on SharperIron, I have been advocating for a paradigm shift on pastoral structure:

  • Get rid of the "one pastor alone, against the world" model
  • Do bi-vocational pastors, if at all possible
  • Allow a secular employer to take the salary and health benefit load
  • Use the funds the church would otherwise put towards pastoral compensation and funnel it back into ministry (or missions) at the local church
  • Allow the pastors to take a small salary to supplement their outside income

This structure at SKRBC allows the other pastor and I to put this into action, and will allow the church to use its resources for ministry, not staff. To God be the glory. Ciao. 

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josh p's picture

Glad to hear it Tyler. I will be praying for your ministry. If I ever make it down that way I’ll stop in for a visit. 

Ron Bean's picture

I'm rejoicing that you can put your evident gifts to work again!

"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan

Jim Welch's picture

I believe that our Lord is using you and the Body is recognizing your gifts.  Thankful!

TylerR's picture


Thanks for the kind words!

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Jay's picture

I'm very happy for you, Tyler!  This is great news for the church and for you!

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

Joeb's picture

May the Lord bless you and keep you in your endeavors with your Co-Pastor Tyler.  Two very talented men in the Lord leading the church.  What a blessed congregation.