understood all too well.Wilshire is also raising him -- to be a pastor.Hogewood
, a 33-year-old doctoral candidate at Texas Christian University's Brite Divinity School
, already has a resume that would catch the eye of a pastor search committee.While attending Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, he was interim pastor of a small church in Cranfills Gap, Texas.And when he began his doctoral studies, at Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, he once again pastored a church.He
came back to Texas to lead the singles ministry at First Baptist Church of Richardson.
Most would say Hogewood
seems ready to lead a church.
Instead, though, through a grant program run by the Lilly Endowment
signed on as a "pastoral resident" for two years at Wilshire Baptist Church.The program enables him to hone his
preaching skills at a large church, with about 1,000 Sunday worshippers.He can serve a congregation and learn the business side of keeping a church going -- all under the wing of an experienced minister, Mason.
"The experience with George and Wilshire has been phenomenal," said Hogewood
didn't want to end up a failed statistic.He
realized that much of what it takes to be an effective minister and church leader can't be learned in seminary.So when the opportunity arose to go to a "teaching church" and witness firsthand its day-to-day operations, he
...Plans were under way for Hogewood to join Wilshire as a resident when Mason read about the Lilly grants.
"What they were doing was almost line by line what we wanted to do with Jay