I am a Christian, husband to Jill, father of three girls, and the pastor of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo, MS
I have served in churches for close to 20 years in roles ranging from intern, youth & college pastor, and sr. pastor. My experiences in ministry have been in the traditional and established church. Through my experiences and relationships I have developed a burden for pastors and their ministries in the established church. This blog and the content that is produced here is the result of that burden.
I regularly hear the words “We haven’t done it that way before,” I am consistently reminded that other pastors do things different than I do them, and at the beginning and end of the day I love my church. A long time ago a friend reminded me that Jesus is married to His church, and we as pastors are called to help present her unblemished and faithful to Him at His return.
I am convinced that cool buildings, awesome sound systems, fancy lights, and 15 minute sermons are not the way to grow the church. None of us on staff at Harrisburg wear “skinny” jeans, and none of us would publicly admit it if we wanted to. (Though I am working on losing weight right now!)
I don’t have this all figured out, and don’t claim to be an expert in all things “ministry.” I simply desire to see our church move forward in its accomplishment of God’s mission as we grow to love Him more while selflessly loving our neighbors. My hope is that this site will be a help in your effort to be both faithful and fruitful in your calling as well.
By His Grace,