Pastor Trent’s Blog
Reflections from the study
This past spring we launched a search for a new role on our team, the Director of Discipleship and Theological Development and shared the vision for this role in a blog, “A New Pastoral Role and A Vision for Deep Discipleship and Pastor Training.”
Questions are good and normal and needed. In any meaningful relationship, we ask questions to get clarity for any number of reasons: so that we don’t make assumptions, so that we can be helpful in our life and work together, and so that we may reason together when that’s needed.
I am eager to introduce you to a brother in Christ who has become a good friend to me and to our church. His name is Chris Groat, our new worship director. On behalf of our elders, Jason updated our church family last Sunday in our service and by email about the...
There is more to parenting than discipline and there is more to say about discipline than we we explored last Sunday. Nevertheless, discipine in the home is of profound importance for our children’s earthly and heavenly good. It is God’s prescribed means to both and we neglect it to peril of our children.
On behalf of our elders, I am thrilled to introduce you to Sarah Asire, our new Director of Women’s Ministry. In this interview I ask Sarah a few questions so we can get to know her. Along the way, let’s all get some insight into the how and the why of our women’s Bible study.
Discipleship is all the rage. Commercials, sports commentary, and social media feeds teach us the story of the world, what we should believe, and how we should live. Sometimes I’ll hear this comment: with all of the indoctrination we and our children receive through the week, what can a one hour sermon do? I’ve thought that. Maybe you’ve said it yourself.
According to Muslim tradition, in the year 610 Allah began a twenty-three year process of dictating the Quran to Muhammad. The essence of the story is that Muhammad, in his quest for knowledge of Allah, repeatedly visited a cave near the city of Mecca for times of solitude. During one of those visits, Allah sent an angel to begin the dictation. That first visit came in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan.
What’s at stake in the preacher’s work? Quite a bit actually. That’s why we host a preaching workshop every year for preachers in the Upstate, a partnershop with The Charles Simeon Trust. Our Lord loves us so much that he calls our preachers to this kind of careful work.
On November 13, we hosted our fourth annual Elders Q&A. Why do we host an event like this? It's not because we have problems (we have those!). It's because we are working out God's plan for our maturity and our mission through biblical eldership. Elders are one...
We’re committed to investing in the gospel’s advance by investing in men who aspire to serve as vocational preachers and pastors. Remember Paul’s words to Timothy: “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2Tim. 2:2). That’s our biblical strategy for finding and appointing elders here at Heritage, and for propagating the gospel beyond our walls.