Let’s rally to Christ’s commission

March 11, 2021

Most days over the last year I have not been sure whether I was coming or going. Up is down, and in is out. I’ve preached to a small camera in an empty sanctuary, under a tree in a field beside our church and on the porch of an abandoned house on the back of our congregation’s property.

I often wondered as service was about to start, if anyone would even show up. The last year has frequently left me feeling empty in times where I would normally be filled with joy. The past year made every attempt to suck the joy out of preaching, ministry and life in general.

After being elected as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina last November, the reality of the immense task ahead of us as North Carolina Baptists quickly set in. There is so much work to do. COVID-19 has placed a magnifying glass on the church in America. We have seen our deficiencies. Many have abandoned the church in this time. This has happened not because of a desire to keep themselves safe from the virus, but as a reflection of what was truly a priority.

In spite of all that has happened, it is time for N.C. Baptists to rally to the commission of our Savior. The fields are white unto harvest and if no one goes with us — if many abandon the propagation of the gospel — let’s go together, never giving up, never forsaking the calling of Christ!

It is time for N.C. Baptists to rally to the commission of our Savior.

This may seem like an odd introduction to then ask you to recommend someone to serve N.C. Baptists. Yet, I think it’s fitting. Ask yourself this question: Is the work we are doing as N.C. Baptists important? If so, help us carry it forward.

We need leaders of courage to stand up and help us as we lead N.C. Baptists into the future. You might say that you are not the type of person we are looking for. You are too young, or your church is too small. You are not a senior pastor, or you are not a pastor at all. You may think you do not have the prior experience necessary. Consider the following:

  • All five elected leaders in North Carolina are under 43 years of age. These include the president, first vice president and second vice president of the convention as well as the president and vice president of the board of directors.
  • All three convention presidents pastor churches under 150 people.
  • The vice president of this year’s N.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference is 31 years old.
  • Previous board President Melanie Wallace is a pastor’s wife and was only the second woman to ever serve in that role.
  • I was elected president of the Pastors’ Conference at age 29 after having been elected as vice president at 25.

In addition, individuals who serve on the convention’s board of directors, convention committees, and on the boards of the convention’s institutions and agencies come from all walks of life, geographic regions of the state and non-ministerial roles. There are many other examples that could be shared, but each one of them would bring me back to this: If you love Jesus, love N.C. Baptists and think the work of our convention is important, we need your help.

There is so much to do and so little time to do it. Take time to recommend someone or have them recommend you. You can learn more and make a recommendation at ncbaptist.org/recommend.

Editor’s Note: Pardue serves as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. The Committee on Nominations recently extended the deadline to recommend individuals to places of service in N.C. Baptist life until Monday, April 12, 2021.


by Micheal Pardue 
/  Pastor  / First Baptist Church, Icard, N.C.

15 vital things you can give your pastor

October is pastor appreciation month. As a pastor for 25 years, here are some ideas for things your church can give your pastor:Give him a place.Give him a place where he is free to preach the gospel.Give him a place where he is accepted for who he is, not compared to who he...

Why I’m excited about this year’s Pastors’ Conference

The past year has been difficult. The world we live in today looks quite different than it did just 18 months ago. Many things we were accustomed to doing have either disappeared, been restricted, or have changed, for better or worse. One of the biggest changes was the separation...

The local school: A great place for church ministry

For the most part I really enjoyed school. However, there were some aspects of the time that I enjoyed more than others. I enjoyed the learning, the socialization, and of course, the sports. I found most of the assignments manageable with the exception of writing papers. Sitting...

Ready or not, here they come! Evaluating your church with fresh eyes

Is your church ready for guests who may visit your church after first watching online? Are you ready for members who may return after an extended COVID-19 break? What steps can you take to make a great first impression and reintegrate those who want to reengage with your...

Why personal evangelism is a key ingredient for turnaround churches

Many pastors and churches today are struggling. Pastors are discouraged, and some are leaving the ministry altogether. It’s been estimated that more than 80% of churches are plateaued or declining. Yet, some churches are seeing a turnaround. A fresh wind is blowing. These churches...

Looking forward to being on mission together

In late August, a series of organizational changes were unanimously approved by our state convention’s executive committee aimed at advancing all of us forward as a movement of churches on mission together. We’ve been working toward implementing these changes, and I hope that our...

Fostering and adoption: Why forever matters

“Which one is my mommy now?” I never imagined a child asking someone to point out who their mother was. However, the little blonde-haired girl named Ally, who I was holding that day, had already lived with three different families in the span of 15 months since she and her sister...

10 principles for leading in church revitalization

Many churches in our world today are in deep need of revitalization. In order to lead your church in revitalization, there are some basic principles you must follow. Here are 10 principles for a revitalizer: Be humble. You must swallow your pride, humble yourself and love even...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stay connected by signing up for the N.C. Baptist monthly newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!