ARE YOU A YOUNG PASTOR/LEADER?
As a pastor for 25 years, I know what it's like to be a seminary student just starting out. I've been an assistant pastor of churches large and small, urban, suburban, and rural. I've been a college pastor, church planter, founding pastor, and lead pastor.
I've served on staff of a suburban mega-church and as a solo pastor in a rural farming community.
In fact, we are still in the midst of a growing pastoral ministry where I serve as the full-time lead pastor of a church we planted in Dahlonega, GA, called Creekstone (PCA). It is not a large ministry by any means. But by God's grace, it is growing. While we still meet in the local high school, we own nine acres and are in the process of building our first 24/7 worship facility.
In addition to my calling in the local church, I also blog regularly and teach Homiletics, Hermeneutics, Theology, and Greek for Metro Atlanta Seminary, where I have the privilege of helping the next generation abide in Jesus by tethering all of life and ministry to the cross.
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“I wish that our ministry, and mine especially, would be tied and tethered to the cross.”
THE ROAD AHEAD
From my own personal pastoral experience and from watching so many others set out on a life of vocational ministry, I can tell you that the road ahead is filled with opportunity.
It is also laden with pitfalls.
If you want to find out how to make mistakes, just let me know. As Kristy and I say, "We've made all the mistakes so you don't have to."
Of course, you will make mistakes, too. But cheer up, at that point, you'll be equipped to mentor younger guys yourself. :-)
A PASTORAL METAPHOR
In many ways, pastoral ministry is like rock climbing. A mixture of exhausting and exhilarating. However, if you are not securely tied and tethered to a secure object above, rock climbing also can be dangerous.
I want to help you on the first leg of your climb by making sure your life and ministry are tied and tethered to the cross.
That is the what The Timothy Fellowship is - a community of young pastors and leaders being mentored in the gospel, learning how to abide in Jesus as they tie and tether all of life and ministry to the cross.
Life and ministry.
Identity and marriage. Preaching and leadership. You name it. We'll talk about it... and connect it to the cross.
Simply put, if you are a young pastor, you need mentoring like this. In fact, we never outgrow that need. I have several men who have invested and continue to invest in me. That investment has made all the difference.
"You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
The Apostle Paul to Timothy
FOR PASTORS' WIVES, TOO
By the way, this isn't just for pastors. It is for the pastor's wife, too.
Kristy and I have been doing marriage and ministry for 27 years and have a desire to help young pastors and their wives in the early years of their ministry together. But our heart is not primarily for ministry success. It is for gospel success in the heart of the pastoral couple.
If you are not married, the Fellowship is still for you. But if you are, there is a bonus waiting for you that I trust will bless your wife big time.
Not only has Kristy mentored women for over two decades, but she has also been equipped as a leader in Parakaleo. She is not just a pastor's wife. She is a credentialed pastor's wife! :-)
Covering issues related to pastoral identity, marriage, parenting, leadership, preaching, time management, counseling, discipleship, resiliency, evangelism, ministry pitfalls, and many, many other topics, those enrolled in the Timothy Fellowship will receive weekly content via email based on our foundational text, I Am Not the Christ: A Practical Pastoral Guide for Tethering All of Life and Ministry to the Cross of Jesus (available 2020).
MONTHLY LIVE CONFERENCE CALLS
We also will have a live, group conference call once a month. Part of the call will involve reviewing the content each participant received that month, engaging with questions and applications. The second part of the call will be discussing the specific, pressing issues you are facing in life and ministry.
“The doctrine of justification by faith through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ is very much to my ministry what bread and salt are to the table. As often as ever the table is set, there are those necessary things. I regard that doctrine as being one that is to be preached continually, to be mixed up with all of our sermons.”
COST and ENROLLMENT
The Timothy Fellowship is a subscription based mentoring ministry. Upon enrollment, you will receive the first month subscription as a free trial.
There are no long term contracts or obligations.
If you find the Fellowship helpful, great! And we hope you will. But if it is not a good fit, we want to help you find some kind of gospel-centered coaching and/or mentoring that will meet your needs, as we are convinced that a Fellowship for the pastoral journey with others to help guide and support us along the way is nothing less than crucial.
If you'd like to be part of our "interest group" until the Fellowship re-opens for enrollment in 2020, just go here or click the blue button below.
We will be sure to let you know when registration begins. Of course, there is no obligation at all to enroll. We'll just keep you in the loop.
Again, thanks for your interest in the Timothy Fellowship. May the Father empower you to "be strong in the grace that is in our Lord Jesus Christ."
Abiding in Him with you,
Dr. McKay Caston
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to let us know.
Copyright 2019 McKay Caston
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