Video: How do you train the next generation of pastors?

Dustin Neeley, pastor of The Crossing Church (Acts 29 church plant) interviewed me some time back about my blog and books.  Here is the first of several short videos to come, this first one involving my book, Test, Train, Affirm, and Send into Ministry and the call for the local church to train pastors.

Dustin blogs at Church planting for the rest of us, a very helpful resource with different short, well-done videos highlighting different people and ministries serving in the trenches of local church ministry.  Dustin has a great heart for not just church planters, but pastors in general.  I commend this blog and his work to you.

Posted in Book Recommendation, Training for Ministry
5 comments on “Video: How do you train the next generation of pastors?
  1. Chad Beck says:

    Great interview. I really appreciate the way you minister practically to the “small rural church pastor.” Often everything is geared to the large churches and us small church pastors get left out. Thanks!

  2. Paul says:

    Always a great resource here at this blog…

    I would like to hear your thoughts on a person who belongs to a church that simply does not believe in missions or church planting, but more so, of simply maintaining what we have. Especially, if this person feels a call to preach the gospel, serves as an elder in the capacity Brian highlights, has received the external recognition, but is being told that it’s just not what ought to be done (going out into the field).

    I should note that in over 35 years in one location, not a single person has been sent out. Anyone who has expressed desire has been challenged as ambitious, etc. Thank you.

    • briancroft says:

      Great question. I would say that person does not disqualify himself from ministry, but shows to have a too common mindset that is not biblical. If they truly qualify as an elder biblically, then I would hope through showing this calling from God’s Word would pursuade him. If not, there may be more going on that needs to be addressed in his life and understanding of ministry. Don’t forget, there is a reason most churches do not have a vision to raise men up and send them out. It has become the norm, unfortunately. Keep waving the banner!!

  3. Paul says:

    Brian, I’m not completely sure I grasp the comment (after reading it a couple times). You say:

    “I would say that person does not disqualify himself from ministry, but shows to have a too common mindset that is not biblical.”

    He is not disqualified, but is possibly not biblical? I am wondering if you could kindly elaborate.

    Also, you say: “Don’t forget, there is a reason most churches do not have a vision to raise men up and send them out.”

    Would you say this is often due to the lack of character development (1 Tim 3/Titus 1) or due to the church’s lack of vision?

    As always, thanks for your insights.

    • briancroft says:

      To answer the second question first, I would say it is a lack of vision of the church to know raising men up is its responsibility. To address your first question, I would say a pastor can be lacking a biblical vision in certain ways without actually disqualifying himself from ministry. For example, there are pastors who do not lead their church in missions and evangelism like they should, but that doesn’t disqualify them from ministry, merely a blind spot in their vision for the church. Another reason this could be the case is many man don’t feel they are gifted to raise young men up like others. There the blind spot is not a lack of vision, but a lack of faith in what God can do through them as they pursue God’s design for the church. Others don’t want to train men up and send them because they don’t want to give some of their best leaders up to someone else. That is a selfish mindset, but one I know alot of really faithful pastors simply struggle with. There are many reasons this is a common mindset, but I don’t think a man’s ministry needs to be judged around it. An adultery or stealing money from the church…now that is a defining moment for that man, his ministry, and what should be instant disqualification.

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