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.
I've been there.
So much opportunity lies before you.
And so many pitfalls.
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.
2 Timothy 2:1-2, "You then, my son, be strengthened
by the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
A pastor needs his heart tethered to the cross. He needs his head tethered to the cross. He needs his everything tied and tethered to the cross - identity, marriage, preaching, parenting, counseling, leadership, etc.
"I wish that our ministry, and mine especially, would be tied and tethered
to the cross."
Charles H. Spurgeon
The Timothy Fellowship is community of young pastors being mentored in the gospel, learning how to abide in Jesus by tying and tethering all of life and ministry to the cross.
Lead pastors, assistant pastors, campus pastors, missionary pastors, church planters, and even seminary students will benefit from being a member of The Timothy Fellowship.
2 Timothy 2:1-2, "You then, my son, be strengthened
by the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
The stuff you didn't learn in seminary
and need help putting into practice.
What is at the root of my need for success and praise?
What does it look like to have both ministry and marriage tied and tethered to the cross?
How can I schedule my time so that I'm not overwhelmed?
How can I deal with criticism in view of the gospel?
How can I live and lead authentically and effectively as the chief sinner in need of Jesus?
What does it look like to "tie and tether" every lesson to the cross?
How can I continue to improve my preaching and teaching skills?
How can I lead an effective ministry meeting?
How do I know when it is time to take a new call? When do I know I'm ready to be a lead pastor?
And so much more, including how to lead small groups, how to train others to teach, how to lead a an inquirer's course and assimilate new folks, how to do outreach, what to say at a hospital visit, how to create and balance a church budget, how to officiate a wedding or lead a funeral, how to deal with conflict, how to train officers, how to deal with people who leave, how to schedule a preaching and teaching calendar, how to have a Sunday message ready by Wednesday, how to develop messages that cause people to sit up and listen, and how to live and lead authentically and effectively as the chief sinner in need of Jesus.
Most of all, The Timothy Fellowship is about having your heart tuned and re-tuned to the centrality of the cross with the help of an experienced, trusted mentor who needs the same re-calibration of his own heart so that we may abide in Jesus being filled with the Spirit, living a life of love in joyful response to God's grace.
the complete COURSE library
Online video courses are being developed for training teachers (The Spurgeon Teaching Method), gospel identity, preaching, leadership, marriage & parenting, time management, theology, outreach & assimilation, and more. As a Fellowship member, you will receive complete access to ALL courses at no extra cost.
Monthly training Workshops
Every month, we address some key aspect of the most pressing issues in pastoral ministry with workshops designed not only to provide information but practical tools for taking successful next steps in one of many ministry modules: the gospel, the pastor's identity, preaching, leadership, the pastor's marriage and family, generosity, self-care, congregational care, time management, administration and finance, budgeting, assimilation, mercy ministry, counseling, small groups, outreach and evangelism, and other issues such as loneliness and anxiety.
q & a roundtable
Once a month, we gather online as a community to bring our front burner questions to the table. Anything goes! I usually will bring in another seasoned pastor or two to share their experience, providing a broader waterline of wisdom to bear upon our Q & A conversation. Whether you are a seminary student, assistant pastor, lead or church planter, I have been there and will have another experienced pastor present to mentor with me in our Q & A Roundtables. In every Q & A time, our ultimate goal will be aligning our hearts with the gospel of God's grace in Jesus.
exclusive member-only resources
Not only will you have exclusive access to the entire Resource Library, but every month I will deliver bonus, premium content to members of the Timothy Fellowship. Drawing from 25 years of pastoral ministry, a couple of doctorates, and my role as a seminary professor, my desire is to equip you with helpful tools for a lifetime of ministry that is tied and tethered to the cross of Jesus.
a 24/7 Support community
The word "Fellowship" is intentional. As a mentoring ministry to young pastors, the benefit we receive increases as the community grows and engages together to ask questions, to share best practices, to provide encouragement, and to rejoice together as well as to weep together. Whether a trial or full member, you will be granted access and are encouraged to participate in the member-only forum.
As a member of The Timothy Fellowship, your spouse will receive mentoring from Kristy Caston, a long-time pastor's wife who understands the unique challenges ministry wives face. With a tender heart, love of grace, and palpable kindness, your wife will be blessed knowing that she is not alone in the journey.
Several times a month, I will be available for "office hours," a time when we can connect in person in a live video conference to address "just in time" issues that you may be facing.
The Timothy Fellowship is about having your heart tuned and re-tuned to the centrality of the cross with the help of an experienced, trusted mentor who needs the same re-calibration of his own heart and is able to help others abide in Jesus, be filled with the Spirit, and live a life of love in joyful response to God's grace.
Each month for our ministry
"training" module, we delve into one of many core pastoral topics, tying and tethering each one to the cross.
Uniquely Cross-Centered Mentoring
The non-negotiable theological priority of The Timothy Fellowship is to see all of Scripture and all of life through the lens of Jesus's substitution for sinners through the cross.
Substitution is beautifully depicted by C.S. Lewis in his classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where Aslan is slain upon a stone table in the place of Edmund, the traitor. When Lucy and Susan discover that stone table cracked and that Aslan is not lying there dead as he had been, they come to realize that the curse upon Narnia has been broken.
It is hard to miss the profound Christological imagery Lewis has woven into the story, whether intentionally or not.
Here is how the scene plays out as the sisters hear a deafeningly loud sound of the stone cracking-a crack in the stone that ran from end to end.
"Who's done it?" cried Susan. "What does it mean? Is it more magic?"
"Yes!" said a great voice from behind their backs. "It is more magic." T
hey looked round. There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"Oh, Aslan!" cried both the children, staring up at him, almost as much frightened as they were glad.... "But what does it all mean?" asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer.
"It means," said Aslan, "that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward."
Integrating cross-centered theology, identity, and transformation, our aim is to center our mentoring on the reality that the curse of sin has been broken, not by a Lion upon a table, but by Jesus upon a cross, our substitute in life and death.
Meet Your Mentor
Dr. McKay Caston
"Yes, I'm experienced, which means
that I've made all the mistakes."
With 25-years of teaching experience as a senior pastor, church planter, college pastor, education pastor as well as seminary professor of Homiletics, Hermeneutics, Theology, and Greek, Dr. McKay Caston's passion is to mentor young pastors in the gospel, helping them to abide in Jesus as their perfect righteousness as they live all of life in view of the cross.
McKay Caston (BA, MDiv, DMin, PhD) ministers as Founding and Lead Pastor for Creekstone Church (PCA), just north of Atlanta in Dahlonega, GA, and teaches on the faculty of Metro Atlanta Seminary.
The Caston Crew at Mellow Mushroom in Chattanooga, TN.
When not preparing weekly sermons for Creekstone, writing, teaching, or spending time with his family and friends, he enjoys exploring the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia. He and his wife, Kristy, have three children, 23, 21, and 15.
NOT FOR PASTORS ONLY... ALSO for PASTOR WIVES
McKay's wife, Kristy also has a heart for young pastors and their wives and is an integral part of Timothy Fellowship mentoring. As the Atlanta area coordinator for Parakaleo, she is uniquely qualified to minister to the heart of pastor's wives with the gospel, helping them to abide in Jesus by tying and tethering their lives to the cross, too.
What Others Are Saying
McKay Caston has a solid grasp of the engine of sanctification - that the same Gospel that justifies us, sanctifies us. This is why
I can't commend this highly enough.
Dr. Johnny Long, Serge
I wish I had this resource years ago!
Stu Batstone, Serge
McKay Caston has the ability to make difficult concepts simple and applicable to our lives. More than anything,
he loves unpacking the gospel!
Ralph Johnston, Gracepointe Church (PCA)
McKay Caston knows the gospel and knows how to communicate it. This mentoring will bless you as a young pastor.
Bob Cargo, Director of Church Planting,
Pastors who experience McKay Caston's mentoring
are changed at the heart level.
Randy Schlicting, President, Metro Atlanta Seminary
The gospel is his life, not is not just a handful of worn-out expressions or overused catch-phrases.
Alan Foster, Mission to North America
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