Sam Thomson is pretty good at hunting pigs. He roughs it a lot and spends a lot of time as a pastor outside the walls of his church. He actively shares his passion for pig hunting with impressionable young people who he takes out into the wilderness for expeditions and adventures. Is this really the kind of Baptist pastor we want? In part 3 of this series we expose another Baptist pastor straying beyond the walls of the church. View for yourself and see what you think.
Sam is on staff at Blackwood Hills Baptist Church in the Adelaide hills as well as being a school chaplain. We spoke to him during a rare visit inside the walls of the church and dug a bit deeper to see if in Sam we had uncovered a genuine missional pastor.
In our search for that potentially mythical being: the missional pastor we went looking for someone who combines ministry both within and without the walls of the church or even better, someone with no dividing wall between the two. We came across our second specimen in Western Sydney in a suburb just off the M4 heading out to Penrith and the Blue Mountains beyond. We found him in his garage surrounded by tools and bikes. Big bikes. Not just any old bikes, Harley Davidson’s. He was wearing leathers and was sporting tattoos. Not your average Baptist pastor. (more…)
We like our pastors to champion evangelism don’t we? Very few of us disagree when they urge us to live missionaly within our community and workplaces. However, problems do arise when pastors practice what they preach. Quite often, there is a not so subtle pressure to look after the flock rather than reach the lost sheep. That after all is what evangelists are for, we pay our pastors to look after ‘us’ and not ‘them’, don’t we? (more…)
Are you angry about mission? Do you see yourself in this description perhaps?:
“I detect an emerging and distressing phenomenon, angry missionary-ministers, ministers whose anger is kindled by their congregation’s failure to get with the missionary programme. These are ministers who feel held back by their congregations. It is as if their people are getting in the way of their own missionary-ministry. And it makes them mad. I sympathise. I think I understand. But I am also alarmed.” (more…)
In 2009 PRAC interviewed Stan Fetting, then Senior Pastor of South Pine Community Church in Queensland and running coach; now Crossover’s Operations Manager, and running coach/Gym owner. While pastoring this church for the previous eight years, Stan has developed an interesting missional sideline based around his passion for running. And we’re not talking about the occasional jog here… (more…)