A Safe Place to Grow
“Don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity” (1 Tim. 4:12, Message).
Late last year the associate pastor at my local church was reassigned to another congregation, where he became the senior pastor. While many of us lay members were sad to see him leave, we knew that his time had come to take the next step in ministry.
The young intern had come to our church fresh out of seminary with a heaping dose of enthusiasm, promise, and hope. Over a four-year period we watched him cut his teeth in ministry. Like a sprouting plant, he grew and …