Recently I spent a couple of days with Samuel Tolbert, the pastor/teacher of Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Charles, LA. [See the church at www.gsmmbc.net.] I have known Sam for a half-dozen years or so, but this was the first time I had an opportunity to be with him in his place of ministry.
I did not notice until after our visit that on the back side of his
calling card is the following: "Mission Statement: Greater St. Mary will bring people to Jesus and Membership in His
family, develop them to Christ-like Maturity, and equip them for their Ministry in the church and life Mission in the world, in order to Magnify God's name."
I did not need to read that statement to know that Sam
is living out the mission and vision God has for his
It is obvious in everything he
says and all the actions he
is the embodiment of that mission statement.
It is obvious he
has a clear vision from God about the life and ministry of his
congregation not only in its community context, but throughout the world.
You see it in his
actions, in what he
wants to show you, in the words he
It is, indeed, a thing of great beauty.
vision for his
congregation with great clarity.
networks to bring forth the resources needed to fulfill that vision.
inspires people to action to fulfill God's
vision for the congregation.
engages in community leadership that attracts various resources from outside his
congregation to join the spiritual and strategic journey that is apparent in Greater St. Mary.
Principles for Pastors
Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr.
is truly living out the mission and vision God has for his
What I observed in Sam
speaks into several principles pastors need to embrace.
fits this latter statement.
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