This November will mark my 14th anniversary as the pastor of Heritage Baptist Church (2004-2010) + Grace Baptist Church (2010) = Bedford Road Baptist Church (2010-Present). This remarkable journey continues to amaze me. That means that sometime in 2020, I will pass Pastor Paul Schultz as the longest serving pastor of either of the original congregations that merged to form Bedford Road. My tenure also, weirdly, makes me something of a “senior” pastor in the area. There are not a lot of us who have stuck it out for over ten years.
Back in 2011, I started working on a manuscript for a book I was calling Church in a Blender. It is a project that I have let fall to the wayside, mostly because of the rise of literature on “church merger” that I consider to be more about business acquisition than about the movement of the Holy Spirit.
I am considering going back to the project this winter. Having joined a Facebook group for small church pastors, I have discovered just how difficult the situation is out there. Perhaps there is a need for a solid, biblical book on this subject – something that is about the Scriptures and Spirit rather than business principles.
Here are the portions I have written so far.
There’s more on my computer; but those parts need to be retooled before releasing them to the general public.