I Timothy 3 states that one of the qualifications of a, "bishop," is to be," the husband of one wife." In 2016, does that relate sole to the pastor of a local church or does that apply to those on the pastoral staff such as, "youth pastors/ directors?"
Second question I would have, as Baptists , what does the Bible have to say on the process of finding a wife. What would you say to a marriage minded young man who believes he's called to ministry on this topic of finding a wife. I also would ask because, as someone who is a first generation Christian, this is not something I have really been able to gain solid Biblical counsel on, so few are willing to touch it as its controversial, dating/ courtship, etc.If you were a youth pastor, college/ singles ministry director working with someone who didn't exactly come up in the Christian school/ Bible college/ Baptist church to pursue what I have heard preached many times as, "the second greatest blessing after salvation?"
I ask this because, in the evangelical world, such as boundless.org (Focus on the Family) and other sites, men are being shamed for not dating, etc extended adulthood, I believe Cary Schmidt wrote a book on this topic of extended adolescence. And with the trends of co-habitating, homosexual "marriage," fornication, divorce, single parenthood on the rise, etc. Census showed a while back that singles are now a majority of this country, how can we as the church, not only defend the institution of marriage, the family, and the home for those who already have it, but help young people who desire those things to get ready for those thing and provide them opportunities to meet, mingle, and serve and serve others with one another?
Not trying to cause controversy, but these are things that, as a young man having a burden to work with young people, how could I be a help to them in this area, and also some practical principles in godly communication, etc. that would benefit my own life as well. I appreciate all the wisdom I've found on this site, that's why I've been asking these complex questions like I have. Thank you brothers and sisters.
By John Young
My wife and I are moving to the Northwest in August and I am praying about starting or pastoring a church. Does anyone have any advice or leads that they can give about an area or church?
Ideally I'm looking for something within a few hundred miles of Spokane, WA.
I've read some of the fourms and it seems like lots of people are running into the same thing. I feel the same way right now myself. I have this utter feeling of being the only one that believes what I do. I hunger for others to know and to learn and most of all to STAND UP and proclaim Jesus Christ. "Is any one else out there" is a question that often crosses my mind.
Surely I'm not the only one that has ever felt this way?!?!
Well, I'm not. And you're not!!!
When you get a chance read 1 Kings 19:1-21. What a blessing to know that God is there when the winds come and the earth shakes and your world is crumbling all around you.
In these times LISTEN for that still small voice and KNOW that God doesn't need your help but rather desires for you to want to work for Him.
There are others out there. God knows it because he put them there.
WE ARE NOT ALONE!!!!!
Thank you for the ones that keep this website up and running. It is very much needed in this day and age!!
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