Greetings fellows. A friend of mine, Richard, has recently made the transition from full-time secular work to becoming a gospel preacher. I’m very excited for Richard–his potential & his future. He’s only been a New Testament Christian for over 2 years. He quit a decent job (a secure one with city government) to begin preaching for a small church in Iowa (only 12 members but they are OK financially due to a wealthy member passing and leaving his estate to the church). Richard was seriously considering going to a preacher training school but was offered this job and took it. He is not married, about 26 years old, and is very studious, though still young in faith in many regards. If things do not work out well in this local ministry, he will revisit his plan to go to a preacher training school. I have been a mentor to him for nearly 2 years. In that time he has completed a number of the WVBS in-depth courses (the same ones I went through and benefitted from in the late 90s). Richard is a fine Christian man and I believe he will be a good preacher.
Why am I sharing this with TFR? For two reasons: (1) I hope you will pray for Richard. There are some advantages to his current situations and some disadvantages. I pray the former will outweigh the latter. (2) If you have any words of encouragement for Richard, please share them and I will pass them along to Richard. We need to encourage all preachers, but especially young ones.
2 Timothy 2:2 (English Standard Version)
and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.