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 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 experience and from watching so many others set out on a life of 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.
"You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
The Apostle Paul to Timothy
FOR PASTOR'S 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! :-)
EVERY PASTOR NEEDS THIS
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.
For those who register by August 2019, membership in the Fellowship will be absolutely free.
No subscription cost at all, ever, for those who join by August.
Is there a string attached. By all means! :-)
I would like the first group of Timothy Fellowship participants to help provide feedback on a book I'm writing as a gospel guide to life and ministry for young pastors, which I hope will be used in seminaries and Bible colleges as a resource for graduates.
As I develop content, I will send it to you via email to review and provide feedback. Being part of the Fellowship does not _require_ you to provide feedback. But if you have thoughts, suggestions, comments, or ways the information is helping you, then you'll have a direct line to let me know.
Yes, you will get your name in the book credits. :-)
LIVE, CONFERENCE CALLS
We also will have a live, group conference call once a month so that we can talk face-to-face and have real-time input into the material being developed. I also want to hear how it is being lived out in your own context.
“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.”
Registering now does not commit you to anything except being the recipient of pastoral help for the early years of pastoral ministry... and helping me create a resource that I trust will help many, many others just like you to tether their lives and ministries to the cross of Jesus.
THE SECOND GENERATION
After the book is released in 2020, it will be the foundational resource for launching The Timothy Fellowship to the second generation of participants in August 2020.
Remember, for as long as you want to be a member, as an original participant, will never pay a subscription fee if you join now.
This is my way of saying "thank you" for helping me help you and others.
Thank you for considering participation in The Timothy Fellowship. To join, just click on the button below and you'll be sent to the one step registration page.
Abiding in Him with you,
Dr. McKay Caston
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