Before We Forget: Reflections from New and Seasoned Pastors on Enduring Ministry

Before We Forget: Reflections from New and Seasoned Pastors on Enduring Ministry


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How can pastors endure in ministry? How can they finish well?

The pastors who have contributed to Before We Forget—some early in their ministries, some with decades of experience—believe remembering is the key to endurance. Remembering their first love. Remembering God’s call to ministry. Remembering the lessons God taught them in the early days of their service.

The premise of the book is simple. We too often and too quickly forget the lessons God is teaching us. This whole book, then, is an exercise in remembrance. The authors want to remind themselves of God’s work in their lives as he has conformed them into the image of Jesus and molded them into more faithful followers and more careful shepherds. As they remember and recount what God has done for them and in them, their reflections will encourage pastors as they too run their race with endurance.

Before We Forget includes chapters from the following leading pastors and more:
  • Jimmy Scroggins, lead pastor of Family Church in South Florida
  • Hershael York, senior pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky, dean of the Southern Seminary School of Theology
  • Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Jason Meyer, pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535959292
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Nathan Millican is a believer in Jesus, a husband to Lauren, and a dad. He serves as the Team Lead for Church Planting with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in the state of Indiana, as well as the Pastor of Church Planting Partnerships at Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany, Indiana. Nathan earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Kentucky, an M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. in Biblical Counseling, also from Southern.
Jonathon Woodyard and is married to Gina. They have two boys, Calvin and Caleb. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Northfield Community Church in Northfield, Minnesota, a plant out of Bethlehem Baptist Church in 2016. Jonathan graduated from Boyce Bible College with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and from Bethlehem College & Seminary with an M.Div. in biblical exegesis. Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D. in historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction: A Theology of Remembrance Jonathon D. Woodyard 1

The Insecure Pastor Noe Garcia 7

The Insecure Pastor 2.0 Kevin Ezell 21

The Perils of Pride Jonathon D. Woodyard 29

The Perils of Pride 2.0 Sam Crabtree 49

Don't Take the Pastorate for Granted Jonathan Akin 59

Don't Take the Pastorate for Granted 2.0 Hance Dilbeck 73

Character Matters Ben Dockery 81

Character Matters 2.0 Brian Croft 95

The Pastor and Sexual Purity Kempton Turner 103

The Pastor and Sexual Purity 2.0 David Livingston 121

Patience in the Pastorate Cody H. McNutt 133

Patience in the Pastorate 2.0 Hershael York 149

The Hard Work of Reconciliation Nathan Millican 157

The Hard Work of Reconciliation 2.0 Jimmy Scroggins 173

The Pastor and a Suffering Family Dave Zuleger 179

The Pastor and a Suffering Family 2.0 Jason C. Meyer 195

Conclusion: A Theology of Confession Nathan Millican 203

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