Pastor Fransisco has not yet graduated from the Mathes Pastor Training School. He is amiable, but serious. He is studious and always willing to be challenged. It is a delight to have him in class.
In the video, he first says, Hola (Hello). He then says, God bless you. He states his name and then introduces his wife. He is pastor of a community church near Barahona, Dominican Republic.
Pastor Fransisco and his classmates demonstrate the usefulness of a Biblical principle properly applied. That would be accountability. In 2 Timothy 2, Paul instructs Timothy:
Entrust the Gospel to faithful men who will in turn entrust it to others
That is the model on which the school operates. It is the expectation placed on the pastors. It is also the basis for confidence in supporting the ministry of the Mathes Pastor Training School. So far, the growth results in the churches led by these pastors (like Pastor Fransisco) is more than exemplary. But is that something we ought to see as unusual?
What is being accomplished in their ministries is unusual by most standards. But if it’s examined through Biblical expectations, it might be under par. Didn’t the Lord tell us reach the world? To do that, the minimum growth rate in our churches would have to match the birth rate? Think about it. And the truth is, if we were suddenly super-effective starting tomorrow, we would start out behind!
Maybe the work being done in out-of-the-way places by men like Pastor Fransisco ought to studied by others. At the very least, we can be thankful for men like Pastor Fransisco and all the other pastors who are doing such a great job. And we can pray for them as they continue.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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