About 30 years ago, a wise pastor and a group of church leaders made a decision that quite literally changed my life, and the lives of tens of thousands of others. As I understand it (I wasn’t there), the pastor believed that internal and external forces limited the church's growth potential. The church was not small; but, it would probably never become a mega-church. So, instead of focusing all their energies on growing a big church, they decided to ask God to raise up young men who would respond to His call to vocational ministry. The church invested time and resources in this vision. They gave pulpit time to young men who felt called to preach. The pastor made time in his schedule to mentor any young man who responded to this call. I doubt the church imagined the eternal impact of that decision.
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