I’ve never met a pastor that didn’t want to see the church they pastor grow. As a new, young Pastor just a few years out of Bible College, I had every desire to see our church grow and reach many people for the cause of Christ. I was trying to come to terms with how pragmatic is too pragmatic, and how much of what I learned from my much older pastor still works in this day and age. Many of my college classmates had made the decision to move into a more new evangelical way and leave being a traditional Independent Baptist. I understood why. They, like me, wanted to reach more people. Independent Baptist Churches seemed to be dying, close to dead, and out of touch as far as effectively reaching lost people and making an impact on society. Many seemed to be almost of the opinion that they can’t [...]
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