RE: CHURCH is a GFA podcast to encourage pastors and church leaders as they refocus, renew, and revitalize their churches. This podcast offers practical tips and suggestions to help you equip disciples to continually make disciples.
What should a pastoral candidate expect as he interacts with the pulpit committee? What questions should he ask about the constitution, financials, the role of the pastor, and expectations for his wife? Listen to Marshall Fant discuss this topic with Bruce McAllister. As a friend to pastors for four decades, Dr. McAllister brings a wealth of experience to the table to help pastoral candidates wisely navigate their discussions with the pulpit committee. A few helpful resources he highly recommends are Before You Move by John Cionca, Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook by William Vanderbloemen, and articles posted at gfamissionsjobs.org/blog.
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Circuit Riding Pastors
As pastors retire and fewer men are prepared to replace them, is a man who pastors multiple churches a viable option? In this podcast, Marshall Fant discusses circuit-riding pastors with Richard Archut, pastor of Community Bible Church in Barrington, NJ, and New Freedom Bible Church in Berlin, NJ. As someone who has had a long relationship with both of these churches that are 25 minutes apart, Pastor Archut shares the advantages, challenges, and goals he has in shepherding these flocks.
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Transitioning Purposefully: How to Retire
With the coming shortage of Christian workers, how should a pastor nearing retirement prepare his church and family for a transition? Is there anything pastors in their 40s and 50s should be doing now in order to eventually pass the leadership baton effectively? In this podcast, Marshall Fant discusses with Bruce McAllister practical ways for younger and older pastors to be prayerful and intentional in preparing for a transition. They advise men who are retiring to continue serving the Lord by transitioning TO a ministry, not just out of a ministry. Bruce McAllister has served as GFA's Director of Ministry Relations since 2018 and has nearly four decades of experience with ministerial students. Both Marshall Fant and Bruce McAllister are passionate about serving the American church with the challenges it faces today.
GFA recommends the following resources to guide churches and pastors in transitions.
GFA church staffing website at gfamissionsjobs.org
Blog articles at gfamissionsjobs.org/blog
Effective Senior Pastor Transitions: A Brief Overview of Orderly Transition Options
Is it Time to Change Ministries? A Checklist of Vital Questions
Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook by William Vanderbloemen
Before You Move: A Guide to Making Transitions in the Ministry by John Cionca
Fourth Quarter: How to Finish Your Course with Joy by Don Sisk
Next: Pastoral Succession That Works by William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird
In Search of God’s Man: A Help for Pulpit Committees by Douglas E. DeVore
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Tech for Pastors (Part 2): Being the Most Effective Overseer You Can Be
Apps are helpful tools. They make good servants but are terrible masters. In part two of this podcast, Marshall Fant discusses with pastors in their 30s and 40s what apps they use to be more effective overseers. Slack, Instant Church Directory, and OneNote are some of the tools that aid communication, scheduling, counseling, and praying. Taigen Joos has pastored Heritage Baptist Church in Dover, NH, for 14 years, and Joe Fant has pastored Community Baptist Church in South Bend, IN, for 3 1/2 years.
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Tech for Pastors (Part 1)
According to 1 Timothy 3:1, the man who desires the office of overseer desires a good thing. However, pastors juggle many responsibilities such as study, prayer, administration, personal outreach, and shepherding. How can they use today's resources to be more effective? On this podcast, Marshall Fant interviews men in their 30s and 40s about what apps make them more effective in their responsibilities. Taigen Joos has pastored Heritage Baptist Church in Dover, NH, for 14 years, and Joe Fant has pastored Community Baptist Church in South Bend, IN, for 3 1/2 years.
Some of the apps they recommend are Kindle Reader, Spark, Accordance, OneNote, Instant Church Directory, Todoist, GoodNotes, Things, and Classic FM. You can email Taigen Joos here and Joe Fant here.
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Ministering to Unsaved Adult Children
One of the greatest heartaches a parent faces is when a child does not walk in truth. A complicating factor for pastors is the scriptural qualification to rule their own homes well (see 1 Timothy 3:4-5). Should a pastor immediately resign if his adult child turns away from the Lord? In this podcast, Marshall Fant discusses the heart of this thorny question with Dale and Denise Cunningham. Dale Cunningham has pastored for 37 years and has served as senior pastor at Boones Creek Bible Church in Johnson, TN, for the last 19 years. Both Dale and Denise Cunningham would welcome any interaction about this topic. You can reach out to Pastor Cunningham at email@example.com and Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org. Denise blogs regularly at refreshher.com.
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Relevant, Biblical, and Gracious
Dr. Fant and company offer a wealth of experience and advice for any church. They share this in a gracious and respectful way. An invaluable asset! I am thankful they take the time to share their experience for all listeners as well.