Pastoring during a Pandemic with Rev. Dr. William Smith
Alton is joined by Reverend Doctor Smith, a faithful and committed pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Smith is passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, making the Word of God relevant in the lives of believers, and building the kingdom of God in the congregation and community. In this episode Alton and Rev. Dr. Smith take a deep dive into the church of today, discussing the ways the current pandemic has required the church take a virtual shift, the current racial climate, nationalism within the church, and much more.
Pastor Smith has been recognized by Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC as a Lewis Fellow, Calvin College (Summer Seminar, Oasis Preaching Seminar), Morehouse College as a MLK Scholar. Reverend Doctor Smith has served on several denominational, ecumenical, and community boards. He is leading Second Missionary Baptist Church in participation with denominational conventions and associations. He is presently writing his first book with Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson.
Enjoy this incredible conversation!
1:42 Introduction to Reverend Dr. William Smith
2:41 Rev. Dr. Smith shares his journey into becoming a pastor.
5:00 Rev. Dr. Smith’s current ministry
5:43 The ways the COVID pandemic has affected the church
16:23 The correlation between ministry and mental health
20:33 Rev. Dr. Smith’s thoughts about the current racial climate
28:19 A discussion on nationalism within the church
40:28 Continued adjustments the church may need to make
43:47 Things to consider for churches that have been impacted economically during the pandemic.
50:26 Rev. Dr. Smith shares about his wife and family
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