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The 2nd Man within the Church

                The 2 nd Man within the church is generally referred to as the Associate or Assistant Pastor. He is often the go to man for most things within the church and is often considered the right arm of the Senior/Lead Pastor. However, there often is a misunderstanding of the 2 nd man’s role within the church by both the pastor associate/assistant, and especially the congregation.  Having been in pastoral ministry for the past 33 years, I have been the 2 nd man in churches with a small congregation of 40 to a larger congregation of over 3000 and assisted the various pastors in a full-time capacity, as well as, part-time and volunteer positions.  However, no matter where I have been, the job has been the same: assist the Pastor.                My definition of a 2 nd Man is quite simple, “To assist the pastor in accomplishing the mission that the God has called him to do within the Body of Christ in which we both serve together.”  I’m about to make a statement tha

White man preaching in the African American church!

                I recently preached on Sunday morning for a dear friend of mine as he celebrated his anniversary as pastor of his church in Cincinnati Ohio. I have known this pastor for a number of years, and have spoken to his men’s group prior to the invitation for Sunday morning. It is important to understand this is not my first go around in the African American church, my best friend for over 20 years pastors a African American church here in Cincinnati, and I have spoken in at least a half dozen African American churches over the past 20 years.                 Growing up in the Fundamental Baptist movement of the 70’s was a God send when comes to crossing over to the A frican American church.   The fiery preaching of the Pulpiteer’s of yesteryears in the white church are all but gone.   They have been replaced by the teaching pastors, the encourager, and sermonette. One of the great pastors I remember as a young preacher was A.V. Henderson he used to tell us in college … “Get

My Heart is breaking …

  In June of 2002 following the events of September 11, my family and I moved to Staten Island to work with individuals that were affected by that tragedy in New York City.  I was in charge of a ministry called “The Hope Center.”  The ministry only functioned for about a year, and we had to return to Cincinnati. The purpose and vision of The Hope Center was to help individuals deal with emotional and psychological crisis, such as the East Coasters are currently experiencing with the recent storm, Sandy.  My heart breaks as I read the news, watch television, and listen to the radio. The entire region is experiencing overwhelming grief, isolation, and desperation, and many do not have even the most basic necessities. It is time for local churches, the universal denominations, and the Para-church ministries to stand up and tell the government to move out of the way and let us do what God has called us to do.  Food, clothing, and shelter should be available to anyone and everyone