We Need More Pastors, Where Are They?

"We have not been producing enough young leaders to fill the gap and I think I know some of the reasons why." - Proclaim & Defend

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Bert Perry's picture

Don mentioned the apparent fact that the average age of pastors is increasing.  Given that (see Mike Harding about his son-in-law going into ministry after becoming a surgeon) the Biblical term for pastor is also "elder", should this trouble, or reassure, us?

Now granted, if the shift is older pastors working until they're 80 (long past the onset of senior moments), unable to bear the rigors of visitation and such, that would be a problem.  However, if what we see is guys joining the ministry in their thirties or forties after a bunch of life experience, but before the perils of age really start to set in, I think this is a good thing.  All too often, guys coming out of Bible college at 22 or seminary at age 25 simply do not have the life experience needed to be good pastors.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Rob Fall's picture

I can only speak to the Council of Evangelical Christian-Baptist Churches (the underground/unregistered churches).  The Brotherhood operates a series of seminars. As the CEC-BC has no men trained in the original languages, these are at best the equivalent to the old Bible Institutes.

Jay wrote:

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Anyone know how the church trained pastors in the former Soviet Union, or in places like China / North Korea?  I think that's where our future is headed. 

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Hoping to shed more light than heat..

Rob Fall's picture

An average EC-B congregation has multiple preachers and any pastoral staff is bi-vocational. The best preachers are the equivalent of grads from the old Prairie Bible Institute or New Brunswick BI.

Rob Fall wrote:
I can only speak to the Council of Evangelical Christian-Baptist Churches (the underground/unregistered churches).  The Brotherhood operates a series of seminars. As the CEC-BC has no men trained in the original languages, these are at best the equivalent to the old Bible Institutes.

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

Don Johnson's picture

For those interested, you can find it here.

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

Dan Miller's picture

Don Johnson wrote:

For those interested, you can find it here.

Great article, Thomas.

Joeb's picture

I know Don will disagree with this suggestion based on secondary separation. However why not ask the people who have been working in China for 100 plus years.  Probably the basis of most of the Chinese Church that exists to day.  It’s called Overseas Missionary Fellowship          (OMF) formerly China Inland Mission founded by Hudson Taylor.  

They are around and I’m sure they would be readily available to discuss the issues of training Pastors in an apprenticeship type arrangement.  However the FBFI might not like them because Hudson Tyler dressed and lived like a Chinese Native.  No suits and ties.  Only kidding Don.  

These are the guys the could offer insight on a more sustainable training model for future for Psstors since I’m sure they have been doing so for 100 plus years.  It’s also a Missionary Agency to my knowledge with no agency wide scandals attached to them.    

So what say you Bert and Jay.  

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