Montana Baptist E-News

The Montana Baptist E-News | February 2016

Montana Southern Baptist Convention

MTSBC Hires Next-Gen Director

The Montana Southern Baptist Convention

Jeff Iorg

The Montana Southern Baptist Convention is excited to welcome Rev. Adam Burt as Director of Next-Generation Ministries. The Next-Gen Director’s ministry focus is how to effectively reach Montana teenagers and twenty-somethings. Working closely with MTSBC churches the new ministry includes evangelistic youth events like Get Real East/West, training and resourcing for volunteer youth workers, pastors, and parents, working with the Baptist Campus Ministry directors and coordinating student missionaries.

Adam is a Montana native, born and raised in Billings and was saved at the age of 17 in a small local youth group. Describing his call to ministry Adam says, “I didn’t want to be a pastor or lead a ministry. I just wanted to work my 8-5 job and tell people about Jesus.”

But that would begin to change when Adam started attending Emmanuel Baptist Church in Billings in 2002. It didn’t take long for him to start serving in the youth group at Emmanuel including co-leading the group during Emmanuel’s search for a new youth pastor. More...

Jeff Iorg

In the years that followed Adam served in the youth and college ministries of Emmanuel as a part of the college leadership team, as a youth intern, a part time youth worker, and even on the janitorial staff. Adam half-jokingly shared, “You quickly discover if you really love your people when you clean every toilet in the building on Monday morning.” In 2010 Adam graduated from Emmanuel’s Armor Bearer training program and joined the staff as full-time Youth Pastor in 2011 and served as the Family Life Pastor in 2015 before joining the MTSBC staff.

Adam met his wife Tari while serving as a door greeter at Emmanuel and after 9 years of marriage they welcomed baby Solomon into their family in December. 2015. They both share a love of cars with Tari rebuilding a vintage Jaguar in high school and Adam reaching out to the spiritually lost among the car enthusiasts in Billings as part of 406 Customs Car Club. While Adam enjoys a variety of shooting sports and Tari enjoys 18th century British literature, they both agree on drinking strong, quality coffee on a regular basis.

Speaking on the importance of reaching the Next-Gen in Montana Adam says, “Teenagers and 20 somethings are the church leaders, missionaries and evangelists of TODAY! Right now, not just the future. That’s why I’m so excited about serving in this new Next-Gen Director position. I will do whatever I can to help pastors, parents, youth workers and churches to disciple, train and send these students to fulfill the Great Commission.”

MTSBC Executive Director, Dr. Fred Hewett said, “Adam is exactly what we need and what we were looking for to lead in this new ministry. He was saved in youth ministry and has served in youth and college ministry for last eight years. We are very excited about what this can mean as we strive to help our churches reach and disciple this age group.”

You can reach Adam at the state office in Billings by phone or email, . And you can meet him face to face at M-Pact or by inviting him to your church for Sunday service, youth group or other ministry event.


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When Your Heart Adopts a People

By Jeannie Ferriss

Lilia, Kaidyn and Raidyn after their baptisms.

Lilia, Kaidyn and Raidyn after their baptisms.

Kelly and Erika Mitchell really weren’t looking to expand their family, after all, they have five children under the age of 12. Then their 83 year-old tribal neighbor decided to adopt their entire family after she accepted the Lord and was baptized. Now they were truly united as one family in Christ. In the Salish language “YaYa” means grandmother or great-grandmother. The Native culture in Pablo places great respect on elders and elder women in particular, they are seen not as a burden but as a gift.

“We did not truly understand the depth of this honor until she passed away this fall,” recalls Kelly. “Her unsaved family went from a little skeptical to loving and embracing us as family. They trust us and we are praying for their salvation.” More...

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Coach Kelly with his Pablo soccer team.


Building trust by hosting a snow party at the church.


The Mitchell family at Flathead Lake with longtime friend Makaylin.


Three friends enjoying an evening of Wednesday night fun. Over 50 children attended.


Three friends enjoying an evening of Wednesday night fun. Over 50 children attended.


Eden and Kaidyn dancing at the Arlee Powwow.


A baptism celebration for Austin, Benjamin and Vida.


Vida Pablo (YaYa) who opened her heart to the Mitchells and Jesus.


Three little Christmas angels (Lilia, Eden and Kaidyn) who played to a packed house this December.

“Vida Pablo was the person who was my biggest cheerleader in this ministry,” Erika thoughtfully reflects. “I’m so glad I will be able to see her in heaven someday.”

The path to full-time Native American Missions at Pablo Baptist Church began before the Mitchells were born. Although neither one of them is of tribal descent, Erika’s grandfather lived and worked on the Colville Reservation in Washington State. “He passed on a rich heritage of love for the Indian people to myself and my siblings,” Erika remembers. “He helped start a Native American museum in Cashmere, Washington. For a time the collection was housed in his basement and open for everyone to see. Today his vast collection of Native American regalia and artifacts are on display on the Colville Reservation. The collection includes peace pipes, head dresses, cradle boards, arrow heads, moccasins, beaded baskets and purses, and government medals that were given to the tribes.”

Butte, Montana was the beginning for Kelly but his family later moved to central Washington where both he and Erika grew up. They met during college where they both worked at the same job renting out boats and jet skis to visiting vacationers. Kelly was Erika’s supervisor but soon became her groom and their ministry journey began. In the following years they would add five children to their family: Micaiah (12), Lilia (10), Benjamin (8), Eden (5) and Abrianna (2). Erika has a Master’s degree in education and the decision was made to homeschool their children from the start. On the reservation motherhood is very celebrated and considered an honor to be able to stay home and raise your children. It works well for them in other ways as their family is host to the neighborhood children all day long. Nearly all of the children come from broken families and this re-enforces their example as to what God wishes a family to be. Their family is also involved in 4-H as members and leaders, coaching and playing soccer and baseball, and a dance studio in a nearby town. Getting them out of town also gives the children a chance to be around a more mixed population of Native and Anglo.

Kelly felt the call to full-time youth ministry thirteen years ago. Together they served four years with youth before feeling that God was pointing the way to a more family based ministry. The Mitchells had taken their youth to a camp in Northwest Montana for several years. Camping ministry became their area of service for the next four years. They learned almost everything about running a camp, which meant doing every job from cleaning toilets to leading Bible studies.

“In the winter of 2011, God showed us we were about to enter a new chapter. We prayed about where he would have us serve, and God gave each of us and our three older children clear answers to our prayers about where he wanted us to go,” Kelly reflected. “The answer was a burden for the people in Pablo and on the Flathead Indian Reservation.” The Mitchells received a clear calling for the reservation ministry. The Lord answered their specific prayers through scripture in Isaiah 61 about the restoration of families. Kelly and Erika packed up their children and left their security, their relationships and their cultural way of life to live in a tribal culture, surrounded by poverty, battling spiritual warfare and brokenness.

Erika tries to explain, “I cannot even describe in words the depth of this call and the sacrifices that come with it, but the blessings and peace that accompany it are only given by the One who sent us. It brings me to tears to even ponder this call. We are honored that God chose us.”

Kenny and Merrie Prewett planted Pablo Baptist Church and the church was completed debt free in 1995. It is located very near the tribal offices for the Kootenai, Salish and Pend d’Oreille tribes.

“Our church reaches out to our neighbors, who are 75% tribal, living in poverty and statistics tell us that 85% of them struggle with a drug and/or alcohol addiction. Our church is unique around here in that we reach out to the Native Americans.” states Kelly. “Everyone is welcome in our church, but because of our location, the tribal peoples are our biggest outreach demographic.”

This outreach currently includes a Wednesday night program starting with a healthy dinner, a children’s program, and a support group talking circle. There is also a home Bible study every other Sunday. One of the largest community outreach programs occurs several times a year when the gym area is filled with gently used clothing donated by one of their partner churches in Stevensville. This clothing giveaway is of great value to the community at large during the cold Montana winters.

As in all small churches, mission teams are an intricate part of doing special projects and events. The church at Pablo is always looking for volunteers and mission teams are quickly put to work. Kelly takes each team through a mandatory orientation and training which highlights various cultural sensitivities and practices which are vital to understanding the area and its people before the teams are ready to begin working with the local population.

“Families called to Native American ministries need to understand it’s a lifestyle and a long term commitment. Native Americans are not people coming to America for a new life. They are the people who were here first, and as such are not trusting of people coming in from the outside. Many past hurts by the church are fresh in the minds of the older generation.” Kelly continues, “It takes the long term mindset, much patience, understanding, and love to make it on a reservation.”

Kelly suggests that if anyone feels a calling to Native American missions they should be encouraged to find someone to teach them and mentor them through the process. He also acknowledges that there are not a lot of resources available for Native ministries.

“We participate in the Powwows, and when we have a culturally sensitive mission group to assist us, we volunteer in big numbers,” explains Erika. “We also put on an outreach ministry at our local fair every year.”

Ministry is a family affair in the Mitchell household as their children are constantly reaching out to friends and neighbors. The older children assist Erika in helping to lead games and activities during the children’s ministry events on Sundays and Wednesdays. Having their children so involved is a large part of gaining trust in the community.

“The most challenging part of our ministry is gaining trust and working with people with a high level of addiction and abuse,” Erika states. “The hardest part of being a pastor’s wife here is that I have everything. No, really I do! I have a husband who loves me; I have living children who all have the same last name; I have a college degree and supportive parents and siblings. At times, I feel like I can’t relate to the suffering around me even though we all live in a small trailer alongside our neighbors. But I leave that up to God and He always provides a friend or a respite when necessary.”

When asked how others can become involved in their ministry, Kelly responded “People can partner with us by coming to help, by praying protection for us in this dark place, and by supporting the ministry financially as God leads them to give.”

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Literacy Ministry Opens Doors in Conrad

Coby Bennett, Pastor, Conrad Baptist Church

At Mpact 2015 God really began to convict me that Conrad Baptist Church needed to go from having a presence in the Community to making a difference in the Community. One of the things that was staring us in the face was that we had an elementary school right across the street that we could be ministering to.

After sharing my heart with my church, we approached the school about offering free tutoring and homework help. The school administrators welcomed our offer to help.

The next step was to get trained. Out of a congregation of 25 we had 11 people take the 2 day tutoring training. I could see then that our people were willing to get behind this new ministry approach. More...

In September 2015 we went from a one hour weekly tutoring program that averaged between 10-12 kids to a program that runs from 3:30 until 7:00 which includes tutoring, homework help, dinner and our regular programming.

It has been amazing to watch the people in our church step up to serve and focus on building real relationships with the students. Prior to this ministry we said we wanted to reach families, but just did not know how.

We have been averaging 24 the last few weeks and just saw our first family come to church last Sunday as a result of our Wednesday night tutoring ministry. God continues to show us that He is greater than all of our own doubt and fears.

Now Wednesday nights at Conrad Baptist Church are filled with laughter, screaming, and life that proves to us God has plans for this little church.


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Pastor, would you like to have a student serve your church and community this summer?

What if their service was FREE to you?

What if that student is already in your church?

The Student Missionary Program (SMP) can get you that student from across the country or from across the pew. Student Missionaries are college-age students who serve 8-12 weeks to help accomplish the Great Commission through evangelism, church planting and discipleship in your community. More...

What can student missionaries do for you?

  • Prayer walk specific neighborhoods you’d like reach
  • Lead back yard Bible clubs
  • Organize kids sports camps
  • Help with Vacation Bible School
  • Pass out flyers and invitations for events
  • Teach youth discipleship
  • Clean, mow, trim, build, paint around the building
  • Deliver food baskets
  • Assist with visitation
  • Serve in a local food bank or shelter
  • And much, much more!

  • In addition, you can even pay your student missionary with a $1000 grant/student from the MTSBC!

    Just imagine how special the 12 disciples felt as Jesus called them to come and follow him. How special will a student in your church feel when their pastor asks them to serve and get paid this summer? How special will a student from across the country feel to be chosen by a Montana pastor for service?

    Visit student missions section on the resources page for more information, to request a student missionary, or to help your student apply.


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    Planters fellowship over dinner on Thursday night.

    Planters fellowship over dinner on Thursday night.

    Where do music, training, good food, hot springs, trivia games, entertainment by “Hans and Franz,” fellowship, and family time together all take place in just two days? The answer is the annual Church Planter Retreat at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Anaconda, MT.

    In January, church planters, interns, future planters, and sponsoring church pastors gathered at Fairmont Hot Springs for the annual Church Planter Retreat. For the second consecutive year, Dr. Bill Agee, Director of Church Planting at First Baptist Church Woodstock, was our guest speaker. Dr. Agee was joined by two other pastors from FBC Woodstock, Dr. Jim Law, Executive Pastor and Dr. Johnny Hunt, Senior Pastor, who helped with various sessions of the training and times of encouragement. More...

    The retreat took place at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort outside of Anaconda.

    The retreat took place at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort outside of Anaconda.

    Hans and Franz make another apperance to get Montanans pumped up about church planting.

    Hans and Franz make another apperance to get Montanans pumped up about church planting.

    Dr. Bill Agee leads a session at the Church Planter Retreat.

    Dr. Bill Agee leads a session at the Church Planter Retreat.

    Michael Tyson, pastor at Bedrock Church in Bozeman, leads worship on Friday.

    Michael Tyson, pastor at Bedrock Church in Bozeman, leads worship on Friday.

    This year’s training topic was Woodstock’s Level 200 Church Planting Class entitled Issues That Can Sink Your Ship. Attendees were challenged with subjects such as maintaining lives of purity as leaders, dealing with the unique pressures that church planters face in the areas of family and finances, and dealing with legal issues before they become a detriment to a new church. These are only a sample of the relevant material that was taught during the retreat.

    Besides the classroom, there were opportunities for long-time friends, as well as new acquaintances, to spend time getting to know each other and catching up on family activities, and sharing ideas concerning ministry with peers. These times often took place over a delicious meal or while relaxing in the hot springs.

    For the first time, future church planters and interns were in attendance. These men and women were invited so they could connect with current planters and to be able to participate in training that will continue to be part of their Montana experience. Caleb Groteluschen, a church planting intern, currently serving in Billings but with plans to plant in the Helena area, attended the Church Planter Retreat for the first time. When asked about his experience at the retreat, Caleb replied, “Great facility, fun place… the convention has done a good job of bringing some excellent speakers …full of great information and great advice for us as church planters.”

    Kyle Rosas also attended the retreat for the first time. Kyle and his wife, Marisa are part of a church planting team who will be planting in the Flathead Valley. When asked about his first experience at the Montana Church Planter Retreat he said, “We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here getting to know other planters and seeing their heart for reaching Montana. Everyone seems to have a great sense of unity.”


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    A group of church planters compete for prizes by seeing who knows the most about MTSBC church plants. Dr. Jim Law leads a session at the Church Planter Retreat. Dr. Bill Agee leads a session at the Church Planter Retreat Fairmont Hot Springs Resort makes for a great retreat for church planters. Planters worship together at the retreat. William Johnson, Church Starting Team leader, introduces one of the speakers for the retreat. William Johnson, Church Starting Team leader, speaking in front of the church planters. Johnny Hunt leads a session at the Church Planter Retreat. Greg Payton records one of the sessions, which have all been posted on the Montana E-quip page. Church planter's wives and families also enjoyed time to fellowship together. Church planters enjoyed the time together to exchange stories and ideas. Fred Hewett, MTSBC Executive Director, speaks to the church planters. Planters listen attentively to one of the sessions. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort makes for a great retreat for church planters. Dr. Jim Law leads a session at the Church Planter Retreat. Church planters enjoyed the time together to exchange stories and ideas. Church planter's wives also enjoyed time to fellowship and learn together. Michael Tyson, pastor at Bedrock Church in Bozeman, leads worship on Friday. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort makes for a great retreat for church planters

    Over the last 10 years, I have found one of my most valuable experiences has been my participation in my local PEN meeting. We meet monthly for breakfast at the Hardware Café in Montana City and we share with one another, pray for one another, and challenge one another. In these open and honest relationships, I have been sharpened in my ability to be a pastor and my heart has been softened as I have allowed them to pastor me.

    Currently, our group is reading the book Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp. Tripp describes it as a diagnostic book for pastors to the condition of their own heart. The basic tenet is that a pastor can expose darkness in others, and yet become blind to those same areas in their own life. We give bitterness, selfishness, resentment, pride, and anger a safe place to incubate, while justifying them as a casualty of ministry. Tripp explains that when we lose sight of our own continual need for the transforming power and healing of the gospel of Christ, we can become self-righteous and calloused. More...

    Hebrews 3:12-13 issues this warning to all believers. To paraphrase, we must see to it that none of us has an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God and we are to “encourage” one another daily so that our hearts are not hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. You see, sin deceives 10 out of 10 people. Yes, even Bible teaching pastors can be blind to sin. Notice the progression. A sinful heart is given room to operate. Our emotions deceive us to wrong thinking and beliefs. Wrong believing leads to wrong behaving. If left unchecked, we can fall away from a close and deep walk with God. We may “do church” well, but our hearts can become cold to the work of God in our lives.

    The word “encouragement” in this context has 4 meanings: appeal, beg, urge, exhort. So, who speaks into your life? Do you allow others to teach you? How do you respond when others expose your faults? Does your mental defense attorney challenge your culpability? At my Pastors Encouragement Network (PEN), our discussions allow us to “encourage” one another. We have found there is power in strategic questions that allow the Holy Spirit to work. I also have a personal accountability partner for complete transparency and I have learned to practice a healthy level of transparency with every man I seek to disciple. Do you have these types of relationships in your life? Is this how you make disciples?

    As a member of the Strategy Team of the MTSBC, we want to help you connect with other pastors. There are PEN meetings, ELEVATE training, and pastors across the state than can walk beside you. We are also ready to become a COACH to address the areas in your life and ministry that need attention. Do you recognize your need? The greatest work God want to do is in you.


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    Pastors have influence over people and are influenced by people. This is evident in the local church through relationships.

    Dr. Bill Agee, Pure Leadership

    Every leader who has ever started anything has baggage that they brought with them. It is important for every leader to recognize this and learn to deal with it.

    Dr. Jim Law, The Necessity and the Need of Prayer

    Pastors and Church Planters face various challenges. An effective prayer life will help you navigate through the peaks and valleys of ministry More...

    Dr. Jim Law, An Insecure Leader

    Leaders are not all the same. If insecurities are present in a leader they will show up at some point. Learn how to deal with these insecurities.

    Dr. Bill Agee, Legal Issues

    Legal issues can sink your ship if they are not dealt with. Proper planning can help equip a church team to deal with issues as they arise.

    Dr. Bill Agee, Family and Finances

    We all know that church finances are important, but personal finances are too. An effective leader will have his family and finances in order.

    Dr. Bill Agee, How the Mighty Fall

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    Emmanuel Baptist Church in Billings assembled 1,000 hygiene bags for Syrian refugees through an organization called Vision Beyond Borders.

    Big Sky Fellowship in Helena is hosting a couple’s banquet in February. They are using this banquet to encourage their members to reach out and invite other couples in their community to attend the banquet with them. More...

    Mission Valley Ministries.

    Chuck and Beverly Morrison of Mission Valley Ministries

    Mission Valley Ministries.

    Mission Valley Ministries first worship service.

    Radersburg Baptist Church.

    Radersburg Baptist Church celebrates burning of their mortgage.

    Elevation Church.

    Elevation Church, Billings, launches a second Sunday morning service.

    Church of the Rockies.

    Church of The Rockies, Red Lodge, hires Ross McCurdy as director of Next Generation Ministries in Red Lodge.

    Mission Valley Ministries, held their first public worship service on Sunday, February 7th at 10:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius. Planter and wife, Chuck and Beverly Morrison have been in St. Ignatius for over a year ministering in the community and praying toward this special day. They moved to Montana from Arizona after retiring from their careers in education. Please pray for this new church plant and for the Morrisons who have a heart to spread the gospel throughout the Mission Valley in northwest Montana.

    Faith Bible Church and Training Ground Church in Missoula, both church plants, recently merged together to form Redemption Church. Their vision is to continue to grow and become more effective as one church body.

    Radersburg Baptist Church in Radersburg celebrated the burning of their mortgage on Sunday, February 7. Pastor Richard Summerlin said that God has allowed them to pay off their 5 year loan from the Montana Baptist Foundation in only 3 years. A pot luck dinner with warm fellowship followed the service.

    Crosspoint Church in Missoula completed their building expansion phase with a new 300 seat auditorium, an expanded foyer and a redesigned children’s ministry area. This new facility gives them the ability to continue to grow and expand.

    Elevation Church in Billings launched a second Sunday morning service. The new service time has created more worship, children and parking lot space.


    Immanuel Baptist Church in Havre has recently called Chris Richards as their new pastor. He and his wife Denise are serving there now. Pastor Chris is a member of Immanuel and recently retired from the U.S. Border Patrol.

    Church of the Rockies, Red Lodge has recently hired Ross McCurdy as director of Next Generation Ministries in Red Lodge, Montana. Ross has been leading a para-church youth ministry in Columbus. He and his wife Jessica have already begun bringing the youth of Red Lodge together.


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    15 Contrasts between Sheep Pastors and Leader Pastors

    Joseph Mattera,

    Many years ago I was shocked when I realized that not all pastors have a strong gift of leadership. While that is okay, it is important to understand this to avoid confusion or frustration because of pastoral expectations and limitations.

    Of course, technically, anybody who has a follower is a leader but that doesn’t necessarily equate to the gift of leadership as shown in Romans 12:8. Those with this Romans 12 leadership gift, in my opinion, have the ability to influence people way beyond the reach of the four corners of a church building. Many pastors who only have the grace to function with hands-on ministry approach to personally touch those who are part of their congregation are sheep pastors. In contrast, leader pastors have a grace and vision to develop leaders who will in turn develop other leaders and beyond. The difference between these two types of pastors is in their goals, objectives and methodologies, not in their love for people, which is great. (If a pastor in either category doesn’t love their congregation, they are not a true pastor or shepherd.) More...

    Because of a lack of understanding between pastors who fit in these two different categories, they tend to hold a negative view of each other and can be judgmental. I found that there is a need for both of these pastor-types as leaders to make the body of Christ effective. A best-case scenario is to have a senior pastor of a congregation with a strong gift of leadership and have support pastors who fit in the sheep pastor category.

    Based on my observations, here are some generalizations that contrast between sheep pastors and leader pastors. (Although these cannot fit each pastor exactly, they are meant to be thought-provoking.)

    1. Sheep pastors only have a vision for the people they see. However, the leader pastors’ vision goes beyond their present membership. Sheep pastors cannot wait to personally love and minister to each and every person in their congregation. Leader pastors are motivated to expand the reach of their congregation, as well as positively affect their present congregation.

    2. Sheep pastors personally touch every member. Leader pastors invest their time in potential leaders. Sheep pastors personally visit every sick member, hold everyone’s hands when they are discouraged, do the bulk of the church counseling, and are on-call day and night to meet the needs of the people. Living like this will not leave much time to develop other leaders. On the other hand, leader pastors attempt to invest the bulk of their time with the potential leaders who will eventually expand the church and reach more people.

    3. Sheep pastors produce happy followers. Leader pastors reproduce other leaders. Sheep pastors only produce other followers because they do not have a strong gift of leadership. Leader pastors, on the other hand, reproduce other leaders like themselves who are, in turn, able to serve others.

    4. Sheep pastors want to comfort their flock. Leader pastors want to challenge their flock. The leader pastor is always looking for ways to challenge and enlarge the hearts and gifts of the congregation. They are never satisfied seeing folks operate under their full potential.

    5. Sheep pastors desire a great family church. Leader pastors desire an advancing family army. The goal of the sheep pastor is to have a nice, happy, congregation with a strong fellowship and community; the leader pastor desires the former but with the additional goal of turning them into a fighting and advancing army for the glory of God.

    6. Sheep pastors comfort the disturbed. Leader pastors disturb the comfortable. The sheep pastors’ goal for their flock is to comfort them and console them regarding their issues and fears; the leader pastors’ primary motivation is to move the congregation out of their comfort zone and get them to believe God for great things.

    7. Sheep pastors create a comfortable environment. Leader pastors create a compelling environment. They look for a “wow” moment every time they preach, teach, counsel or coach in order to impart passion to fulfill the “Great Commission” of Christ.

    8. Sheep pastors protect the status quo. Leader pastors challenge the status quo. Leader pastors are continually attempting to increase the capacity and vision of the people they lead. They are called to push people to the fringes of their normal boundaries. On the other, hand sheep pastors desire to make people feel content any contribution they make regarding the investment of their time, life and finances.

    9. Sheep pastors ask the question: “What for?” Leader pastors ask the question: “Why not?” Sheep pastors need a good reason to go beyond the present structures and limitations of their church mission and culture; if that in any way is challenged the sheep pastor asks, “What for”? Because they are always questioning the present structures and limitations of their church culture and mission, leader pastors continually ask, “Why not?”

    10. Sheep pastors desire stability and predictability. Leader pastors desire fluidity and creativity. Sheep pastors are not wired for risk and change; thus, they desire stability and predictability in their ministry. Leader pastors, on the other hand, do not want to be put in a box and constantly desire fluidity and creativity in how to “do church.” They continually adapt and change their methodologies without compromising the message of the Gospel.

    11. Sheep pastors are slow adopters. Leader pastors are outliers who operate at light speed. Sheep pastors’ primary desire is to protect and guard the sheep against new ideas. Leader pastors are outliers who are constantly ahead of the curve and, therefore, waiting for others to catch up. Sheep pastors travel on paved highways, whereas leader pastors are pioneers who take the road less traveled.

    12. Sheep pastors attempt to limit change. Leader pastors attempt to create change. Sheep pastors are afraid of the unpredictable and are terrified of chaos. Leader pastors thrive in divine chaos and live to provoke change in thought patterns, ideas and methodologies.

    13. Sheep pastors put their feet in the water. Leader pastors ride the wave. Lead pastors intuit what God is doing and saying in the future so their congregation can also be able to ride the wave. Sheep pastors often wait until the water is calm and the wave is gone before they enter the water.

    14. Sheep pastors maximize their day. Leader pastors strategically maximize their tomorrows. Leader pastors invest much of their thought life envisioning what the future should look like so they can plan ahead. They often see five to ten years ahead and live in forward motion while enjoying the present process. Sheep pastors limit their vision to feeding their sheep day-to-day and week-to-week.

    15. Sheep pastors desire to be liked. Leader pastors desire to be respected. Many sheep pastors are primarily motivated by being loved and liked by their congregation. This results in their taking fewer risks and taking much pain in spending time with them, preaching messages they know the church will enjoy. Leader pastors are like lions that do not lose sleep at night worrying about what sheep think of them. Although they love and are willing to die for the sheep, they would much rather have their respect than desire to be everyone’s close friend. This is because, respect is more important to get a congregation to move forward then socializing and friendship. Although, it is best to have both elements in a church, which is why it is important to have sheep pastors in a church who can do this to bring balance to the church.

    In closing, the best thing a leader pastor-type can do is to nurture and release sheep pastor-types in their congregation to serve in a support role with them. This will help leader pastors not get bogged down with activities that will drain their energy and compromise their creativity, passion and vision.


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