I am not generally a person who would bore you with a story about myself, but I am hoping that this small piece of my life will be of some benefit to you. The story began a few years ago at a small congregation just outside Glasgow, KY. The congregation had two preachers who filled the pulpit on alternating Sundays. If there were a fifth Sunday in the month, someone else would fill in. This is where my story began to change.
It was around this time that I was given the opportunity to preach on one of the open Sundays. I believe that the men of that congregation had a desire to make a preacher out of me. They started asking me to take all of the open Sundays as well as when one of the other preachers was sick or out of town.
I was studying as much as I felt I could, but I felt that I needed to get more education. I expressed my concerns to Steve Higginbotham. He pointed me to www.thebible.net. This is a great site, but I still felt that I needed more. Steve was preparing to move to the Karns congregation and encouraged me to come to the school (SEIBS/ETSPM). I was reluctant because of the money it would take for me to quit my job and move to Knoxville. After much encouragement from Steve, we decided to give it a shot. Steve and Kim gave us a great deal of help and support. We found lots of other generous people in local congregations.
I was surprised how easy it was for us to find the support we needed. Almost two years have past now. We will graduate in June. I hope that someone will read this post and consider going to preaching school, or someone will consider supporting someone else to go to preaching school. I will not tell you that the school is easy, but you will be glad you did it. Whether you are thinking about school or supporting someone, jump in with both feet!