The Essential Community

In the mid-1990’s, I decided to start a school for pastors in our conference. It didn’t make sense at all on paper. I was the associate treasurer of my conference, and my pastoral experience was a distant memory. But I had a big dream. I lobbied the powers that be, somehow got a green light, and forged ahead. Pastors would come to the conference office one day a month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. I named the school AsPIRE, which stood for “Assisting Pastors In Reaching Excellence.”

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This emphasis is so important, and so neglected among Adventists–and most Americans too. Yet, without it, what is the use of the Church? Thank you for a thought-provoking article that hits a key nail right on its head.


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