Ministry and Mentorship (for Associate Ministers)
It was in my High School years when I first started to hear about or should I say pay attention to and see the need for mentoring in ministry. I was called to preach at the age of 17 and came under the tutelage of my pastor as an Associate Minister of the First Baptist Church (Heflin Ln) in Austin, TX. This initial mentoring relationship would prove to be beneficial, catapulting my growth as a minister to greater levels. This is where I learned about things such as cultivating a personal relationship with God, sermon preparation and delivery, pulpit/ministerial etiquette and protocol (specifically in the Black Church Tradition), and the “Do’s and Don’ts” of leading corporate prayer time.
I said initial mentoring relationship because I soon came to discover that mentoring is not only needed at the beginning of ministry but throughout it as well. And so in College, God connected me to the church where I currently serve as the Assoc. Pastor of Christian Education: Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church (Dallas, TX). I was privileged to meet some great brothers who took me under their wings and began further developing me in my walk with Jesus and ministry to His church; men like, Rev. Melvin Barnes, Rev. Joe Colbert, Rev. Eddie Tolin, and Rev. Donald Perry. As God would see fit, He blessed me to have the opportunity to stay at the home of my Senior Pastor, Dr. Karry D. Wesley, for a couple of summers. To see his commitment to his wife and family, leadership in the home, personal spiritual disciplines and study habits, etc. was invaluable to my life and ministry. That was a unique and special time, one that I don’t take for granted, even now.
The reason for me mentioning all of this is two-fold: 1. To encourage all of my fellow Pastors and Assoc. Ministers to continue seeking mentorship under mature and seasoned Pastors and Ministers, and 2. To connect you with one such gentleman. His name is Dr. Willie O. Peterson.
The Lord Jesus providentially caused our paths to cross recently. Just in the short time that I have gotten to know him, he has been a tremendous blessing to me at this stage of ministry and season of life that I am in. Along with his seminary education and professorship (Dallas Theological Seminary), he possesses an enormous wealth of ministry, church planting, and pastoral knowledge and experience that I believe will benefit you.
Check out his blog here and prayerful consider availing yourself to his coaching ministry.