Two weeks ago our church, Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, KY ordained a man for pastoral ministry and in doing so sent out our 35th member into some kind of pastoral or missionary work in the last 15 years. What has amazed many who hear of our sending culture in our local church is that our church currently has only 75 members and functions on a $103,000 annual budget.
As a result, I have been asked a variety of questions around this commitment to train, affirm and send people into the ministry. In preaching through the book of Romans, I found myself in the middle of Romans 15 yesterday. This portion of Romans allowed me to speak to our church and remind them why we have gone through the painful reality for the last 15 years of sending so many out into the ministry that we love and desire to stay.
In the providence of God, my sermon preached yesterday became quite a significant moment for our church and reminded us of what it means to be a local church committed to spreading the gospel throughout the world. The link for the sermon is below if you wish to listen. It will answer a lot of the questions many of you have been asking about our church’s effort to raise up and send pastors and missionaries around the world.
A book resource that explains how we do this and with no money in our budget: Prepare Them To Shepherd